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Uninor adds 2.49 million subscribers in Jan, leaves behind Airtel, Vodafone
TT Correspondent |  |  27 Feb 2012

According to the data released by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), telecom operator Uninor whose 22 licences are set to be cancelled following Supreme Court Verdict, has added the highest number of subscribers at 2.49 million in January this year taking its user base to 38.79 million. Uninor is a joint venture between Telenor of Norway and Indian real estate firm Unitech. 

The major telcos Airtel and Vodafone are far behind Uninor in terms of news additions, according COAI.  While Bharti Airtel, the largest GSM player, added 1.30 million subscribers I January, Vodafone India added 0.85 million new subscribers during the month. With this total user-base of Bharti and Vodafone stood at to 176.95 million and 148.60 million respectively in January.


Bharti Airtel accounts for 27.3 per cent market share and Vodafone 22.93 per cent. 

State-owned BSNL and MTNL added 0.86 million and 50,180 new users respectively, helping them increase their total number of users to 93.42 million and 5.49 million. 

With this GSM operators have added 8.44 million new users in January, taking their subscriber base to 648.08 million, according to latest date released by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). 

At the end of January, Uninor's subscriber base stood at 38.79 million. 

"In our 13 commercial circles in 2011, the highest number of subscribers chose Uninor. We are satisfied to see that this strong preference continues into 2012 as well," Uninor said in a statement. 

"It is our intention to continue competing as a mass market mobile service and ensure that the Indian mobile users continue to benefit from this competition," Uninor added. 

Other companies impacted by the SC order include Loop, Etisalat DB and S Tel among others. 

Aircel added 0.81 million customers taking its subscriber base to 62.46 million, while Idea Cellular added 1.74 million new users to take its subscriber base to 108.12 million at the end of last month. 

Circle-wise, the highest addition was in UP (East) where 0.97 million new users were added in January. The circle, among the total 22 circles, also has the highest number of GSM users at 54.85 million.

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