The month of January was a good one for the mobile industry especially the
GSM mobile operators. The month saw addition of 3.5 million new customers for
the GSM operators in the country. Looks like the recently launched lifetime
prepaid schemes have shown its effect luring in more customers for the mobile
service providers in the country.
This makes January 2006 the best ever for the industry and it betters the month
of December 2005 which saw addition of 3.2 million new subscribers. The total
customer base for GSM mobile services is now around 62 million and it shows a
growth of 6% compared to previous months.
Government owned telecom giant BSNL was the main beneficiary of this scheme as
they themselves managed to get around 1.07 million new customers. Airtel came
next with 1.04 million new customers. They are the largest GSM Mobile service
providers in the country and leads BSNL in the overall user base throughout
Hutch saw its user base grow by 7.7 lakh new users and now has a total of 13.7
million customers. Idea gained 2.6 lakh new mobile users in January taking its
total to 6.73 million.
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