61.43 lakh GSM subscribers added in April: COAI

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New Delhi, May 9 (UNI) The country's telecom service providers have signed up 61.43 lakh GSM subscribers during April or a 3.19 per cent growth over the previous month, taking the total customers base to 19.88 crore.

Vodafone Essar customer base increased 3.75 per cent or 16.54 lakh subscribers to take the total number of customers to 4.57 crore, whereas Bharti Airtel users rose to 6,43 crore by April-end, a hike of 3.85 per cent, according to the data released by Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).

Idea has registered an increase of 4.33 per cent with addition of 10,38,076 users taking the total customers to 2.50 crore while BPL added 19,024 subscribers during last month, indicating a rise of 1.47 per cent to 13.13 lakhs.

Spice Communications users jumped 3.62 per cent or addition of 1.52 lakh subsribers, taking the customer base to 43.63 lakhs.

Aircel witnessed 3.57 rise at 1.09 crore users with addition of 3.79 lakh subscribers during the month.

MTNL recorded 1.29 per cent increase or 41,900 users addition during April in its customer base that touched 32.83 lakhs.

BSNL registered 1.31 per cent jump in its customer base at 3.66 crore, with addition of 4.73 lakh users.

Bharti Airtel market share topped the list at 32.37 per cent, Vodafone Essar at 23.02 per cent, BSNL at 18.45 per cent, Idea 12.59 per cent, Aircel 5.53 per cent, Reliance 3.53 per cent, Spice 2.19 per cent, MTNL 1.65 per cent and BPL at 0.66 per cent, the COAI said.

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