India's GSM customer base passes 50 million

11 Oct 2005

The Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) has reported an increase of 1.95 million GSM subscribers during September, taking the country’s total to 50.87 million. According to the COAI’s data, GSM market leader Bharti Tele-Ventures added 650,000 subscribers in the month to take its total to 14.07 million, or 27.65% of the market, whilst second placed BSNL’s subscribers grew by 4.44% to 11.90 million, representing a market share of 23.39%. Third ranked Hutchison ended the month with 9.71 million GSM users, followed by Idea, BPL and Aircel with subscriber bases of 5.95 million, 2.81 million and 2.09 million respectively.