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Bharti Airtel adds maximum rural subscribers in April: COAI

The Economic Times:  May, 2014

New Delhi: India's GSM rural subscriber base grew 0.88% in April to 29.71 crore, with Bharti Airtel leading the way, industry body COAI said on Wednesday.

During the month, mobile phone operators on the GSM technology added 25.8 lakh new subscribers in rural parts of the country, which is slightly slower than March, when it grew by 1.49%.

No. 1 carrier Bharti Airtel, which has the maximum rural subscribers, added 9.9 lakh new users during the month, taking its overall base to 9.74 crore in the hinterland.

No. 3 Idea Cellular, on the other hand, added 9.8 lakh subscribers and now has 7.57 crore rural subscriber base.

Uninor added 3.5 lakh subscribers, ahead of No. 2 operator Vodafone India which added 3 lakh subscribers in April. Vodafone India has the second largest rural base with 8.9 crore subscribers, while Telenor has 1.1 crore rural subscribers.

Aircel was the only telco whose rural subscriber base declined by 40, 000 subscribers in the month of April. The telco now serves to 2.5 crore subscribers in rural part of the country.