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45 mn mobile users in India

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Last updated on: July 08, 2005 17:44 IST
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Inching towards the 50 million mark, the GSM subscriber base in India touched 44.92 million in June, 2005 adding 1.57 million users with telecom operator Bharti enjoying a market share of over 27 per cent.

GSM cellular user base grew from 43.35 million in May to 44.92 million in June, 2005, representing a growth of 3.50 per cent in the month under review, figures released by the Cellular Operators Association of India said. GSM operators had added 1.22 million users in May.

Bharti touched a subscriber base of 12.25 million adding 0.45 million new users in the month capturing a market share of 27.28 per cent followed by state-owned BSNL at 10.23 million with the addition of 0.35 million users.  

BSNL has a market share of 22.77 per cent in June. Hutch comes third place with a subscriber base of 8.44 million out of which 0.25 million were added in June. The operator enjoys a market share of 18.79 per cent.

Idea Cellular had a subscriber base of 5.55 million in June and added 0.17 million new users in the month taking its market share to 12.36 per cent followed by BPL with a market share of 5.85 per cent and a subscriber base of 2.62 million. It added 0.1 million subscribers in June.

Airtel's user base stood at 1.79 million with a market share of 4.15 per cent followed by Spice at 1.47 million and a market share of 3.28 per cent.

Reliance's GSM user base touched 1.23 million and its market share reached 3.03 per cent in June while telecom MTNL had 1.04 million subscribers with a market share of 2.48 per cent.

Category A, B and C subscribers grew by 3.36 per cent, 4.31 per cent and 8.13 per cent respectively over the previous month while metro subscribers grew by 2.12 per cent.

Metros constituted 25.97 per cent of the total market. Circles A, B and C constitute 36.17 per cent, 31.21 per cent and 6.58 per cent of the total market respectively.

Delhi continues to be the leading cellular market with 4.34 million subscribers accounting for 9.66 per cent of the total market, closely followed by Mumbai with 4.17 million subscribers accounting for 9.28 per cent of the total market.

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