According to numerous reports, GSM operators across India added 1.7 million net new customers in the month of July. Although Uninor lost almost 1.1 million subscribers in India, the other operators like Airtel and Vodafone gained.
The major reason was the canceling of licenses of Uninor and Videocon by the Supreme Court on February 2. Uninor is a joint venture between India’s Unitech and Norway’s Telenor group. The report was released by the’ Cellular Operators Association of India’ also popularly known as ‘COAI’. The report was published on Thursday.
The telecom provider to reap the most during July was Bharti Airtel who added almost 1.5 million new subscribers. As per the reports from COAI, Vodafone recorded 1.2 million new subscribers, Idea Cellular network operator added 0.5 million new subscribers where as the numbers stood at 0.3 million for Aircel.
Uninor on the other hand has announced a scale down in their operations across four of the 13 active circles. It includes Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Odisha and Karnataka. Uninor claims this to be as part of their efforts to make fund utilization optimal and also to make their position stronger in the 2G Auction from a financial stand point.
With the latest report, the total number of GSM subscribers in India has crossed 679 million in July compared to 677.35 million which was the official figure during the month of June. The total number of GSM based subscribers in India grew by a slighter margin of 0.25 percent in July compared to June month.
Regarding the reports from COAI, Bharti Airtel has a total subscriber base of 189 million followed by Vodafone that has a substantial user base of 155 million as of now. Idea Cellular has a total user base of 118 million. Aircel follows with a distant 4th position with 65 million users.