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GSM operators add 2.58 million rural users in April

The Hindu BusinessLine:  May, 2014

Mumbai: India’s GSM operators added a total of 2.58 million rural users in April, a 0.88 per cent rise from that recorded during the previous month, taking their total user-base to 297.16 million.

GSM operators have been adding rural subscribers for the last six months, increasing their user-base from 277.94 million in November 2013.

Bharti Airtel, the country’s largest operator by revenue and users, topped the charts with an addition of 0.99 million new users. The New Delhi-based company had a total of 94.75 million rural users as of April end, according to data released by industry body Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI).

Circle-wise, Uttar Pradesh (East) recorded the maximum of 31.41 million rural users, while Maharashtra recorded the maximum new users at 548,961, it added.

Idea Cellular came in second with an addition of 0.98 million users, while the Aditya Birla group company garnered a total of 75.70 million users. Uninor came in third with an addition of 0.35 million users, while its total rural user-base rose to 11.55 million.

Aircel lost 0.04 million users from rural areas during the month under review, with the operator’s total number of users standing at 25.47 million as of April-end.