With Bharti Airtel hitting the subscription charts to its accounts in March marks 25.5 lakh subscribers, the top telco’s grand total of subscribers stood at 251.24 million, COAI reports.
“Total number of GSM subscriber as of March 2015 reached 773.92 million. The GSM subscriber base increased by 5.23 million in March 2015,” COAI writes in a release.
The report includes subscriber details of seven companies Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Aircel, Telenor, Videocon and MTNL. BSNL, Tata Teleservices and Reliance Communications, who also provide GSM technology-based services, are not part of the report.
As per data, UP East continued to dominate the telecom circle with miximum number of GSM subscribers at 69.9 million, while the highest number of new customers were added in Bihar circle (includes Jharkhand).
Aircel added 0.4 million new users by the end of March while Telenor added 0.78 new subscribers. Videocon’s subscribers declined to 6.56 million while MTNL subscribers grew to 3.56 million.
Telenor, which operates only in six circles, added more customers during the month than Idea Cellular and Aircel.
Telenor added 0.78 million new customers, while Idea added 0.45 million users and Aircel 0.4 million.
State-owned PSU firm MTNL, which operates in Delhi and Mumbai, added 0.01 million new subscribers.
Videocon, which recently sold its spectrum to Airtel, lost 0.16 million customers.
Vodafone, the second largest telco, added 12 lakh users in March, accounting to a total of 197.95 million users.