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18.18 million users added in August by Indian operators
TT Correspondent |  New Delhi |  06 Oct 2010

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has said that 18.18 million mobile subscribers were added in August, taking the total number to 670.60 million, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has said.

According to TRAI data, the wireless subscriber base increased from 652.42 million in July to 670.6 million by the end of August, translating into a growth of 2.79 percent.

The total number of telephone subscribers (both mobile and landline) increased to 706.37 million by August-end from 688.38 million in July. With this, the overall teledensity (telephones per 100 people) in India touched 59.63 percent.

The growth in the wireless category was led by Vodafone, which added 2.3 million users to take its subscriber base to 113.77 million users. BSNL added 2.25 million users, taking its total user base to 76.03 million.

Airtel added 2.03 million users, taking its subscriber base to 141.25 million, while Idea Cellular and Aircel added 1.98 million and 1.61 million subscribers, respectively.

Reliance Communications added two million subscribers, while Tata Teleservices added 2.09 million users. Another state-run firm, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd, which operates in Delhi and Mumbai, added 27,594 new users in August.

The wireline subscriber base declined to 35.77 million in August from 35.96 million at July-end, TRAI said.

State-run firms BSNL and MTNL enjoy an 83.68 percent share of the wireline market. The total broadband subscriber base in India increased by 3.17 percent from 9.77 million in July to 10.08 million in August, the TRAI data showed.  

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