13.9 Million additions take GSM subscriber base to 421 Million
New Delhi: With the 13. 9 million new customers the GSM subscriber base in the country has reached 421.86 million, reveals the report released by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) on GSM subscribers for March. With an additional 3 million subscribers, Bharati Airtel still remains the number one mobile company of India in terms of subscriber addition. Vodafone surpassed Airtel in terms of subscriber base in the month of March. Vodafone registered the maximum number of additions at over 3.6 million, taking its subscriber base to almost 101 million. BSNL, Aircel and Idea Cellular added nearly 2.5 million, 2 million and 1.7 million subscribers, respectively. Maximum additions came from Circle B with close to 5.8 million GSM additions. Circle B had shown maximum GSM subscriber addition in the month of February as well with 5.5 million additions. Circle A registered about 4.6 million additions while circle C and the metros added 2.4 million and over 1.2 million subscribers, respectively. The figures also show that UP (East) registered maximum additions at almost 1.5 million new subscribers. This was followed by Tamil Nadu (excluding Chennai) with over 1.1 million additions and Bihar with a million new subscribers. S Tel, a new entrant, added about 280,000 subscribers to reach the one million subscribers mark, Uninor, which is also a relatively new operator, had 700,000 additions as compared to 1 million subscriber additions in February. According to TRAI, Circle A consists of Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), Maharashtra and Goa. Circle B comprises Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (East), Uttar Pradesh (West), West Bengal, Sikkim and Lakshadweep. Circle C comprises Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Assam, the North East, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. The metros are Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.