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India's GSM operators lost 7.1 million users after clean-up:COAI

  • 2012-09-15 17:07:27
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News / Telecom India's GSM operators lost 7.1 million users after clean-up:COAI
India's GSM telecommunication operators lost 7.1 million subscribers in August, as against 1.7 million users addition last month, because the companies disconnect inactive users in a very clean-up drive, according to a data by the Cellular Operators Association of india.

Telecom operators appear to obtaining aggressive in disconnecting inactive mobile numbers as witnessed by subscribers figures released in July and Aug’12. In July Reliance rumored net loss of 20.48 mn customers followed by Tata with 2.4 mn and Uninor with 1 million.

According to the GSM subscriber data of Aug’12 released by COAI net loss of over 7.1 mn has been reported by GSM operators.. Uninor registered highest net loss with 2.3mn whereas the highest 3 operators -- Airtel, Vodafone and idea -- that account for near 68 per cent of the GSM market, lost over 5.1 million users in August, data released by COAI said

Total gsm subscriber base has dropped from 679 mn to 671.9 mn within the month of Aug’12 (excluding Reliance , Tata and BSNL data.). Aircel and Loop Mobile were the sole operators that showed addition in subscriber base. Aircel garnered 7.9 lakh new users whereas Loop was able to add 79,842 new customers.

The COAI figures didn't include the data for state-run operator BSNL for the month of August, but said the operator had a 14.09 % share within the GSM market with 94.67 million subscribers. Another state-run firm MTNL lost 103,553 users, taking its userbase to 5.12 million at the end of August 2012, it said.

Group Company wise % market share (Subscribers) – August 2012

Sl. No.

Name of Company

Total Sub Figures

Additions in August 2012

% Market Share

% Growth over previous month

1 Bharti Airtel

186,904,110

-1,902,683

27.82%

-1.01%

2 Vodafone Essar

153,350,950

-1,559,538

22.82%

-1.01%

3 IDEA

115,973,519

-1,646,735

17.26%

-1.40%

4 BSNL

94,677,766

0

14.09%

0.0%

5 Aircel

65,952,244

793,717

9.82%

1.22%

6 Uninor

42,113,683

-2,383,031

6.27%

-5.36%

7 Videocon

4,777,021

-383,876

0.71%

-7.44%

8 MTNL

5,123,277

-103,553

0.76%

-1.98%

9 Loop Mobile

3,075,552

79,842

0.46%

2.67%

All India

671,948,122

-7,105,857

100.00%



Analysts suggest that the fall is also on account of operators withdrawing offers and customers, with multiple SIMs shedding their connections.
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