GSM-based telecom players added 55.4 lakh subscribers in August to take the total user base to 74.99 crore, industry body COAI said today. Also Read - Coronavirus: Telecom operators urge DoT to offer free access to critical sites
The GSM subscriber base stood at 74.44 crore at the end of July 2014, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said. COAI, which represents telecom players like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular, said the data does not include GSM subscriber number of Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices. Also Read - Trai recommendations on OTT issue likely by February-end: R S Sharma
Reliance Jio Infocomm had also joined the body. Idea Cellular added the maximum number of users in August with 17.2 lakh subscribers joining its network. The user base of the operator increased to 14.18 crore at the end of August with 18.91 percent market share. Vodafone added 12.2 lakh subscribers to its network to take its base to 17.24 crore at the end of the month. Its market share stood at 23 percent during the reported period.
Market leader Bharti Airtel added 7.69 lakh users and its userbase has increased to 21.05 crore at the end of August. Airtel has a market share of 28.07 percent. Aircel added 9.05 lakh users to take its base to 7.48 crore whereas Uninor added 7.06 lakh subscribers and its base stood at 4.08 crore at the end of August. Videocon added 1.96 lakh subscribers to increase its base to 58.34 lakh and state-run MTNL too added 10,017 users to take its base to 32.93 lakh.