India now has 773.70 million GSM mobile phones users, Airtel tops the list

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has recently released all India mobile subscription statistics for the month of April 2016. The total subscription figure stands at 773.70 million. Whereas UP East still continues to have the maximum number of mobile subscribers, which stands at 70.65 million, it has added 0.75 million in April this year.

However, the current COAI stats reveal that the GSM subscription base in the country has decreased to 77.37 crores in April. GSM has seen a decline of 2.14 lakh mobile users. The underlying reason for this decline is both Videocon and Idea Cellular losing their customer base.

Even though the mobile subscriber base has seen a decline of 0.22 million in April, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India saw a surge in their customer base. The former has added 0.98 million subscribers as of now whereas Vodafone India added 46,660 subscribers during the same period.

Looking at other telecom players, Aircel has added the maximum number of subscribers in the month of April, reaching 87.66 million subscriber base in India. Many other telecom companies have also seen a loss in customer base with Telenor user base declining to 53.42 million. Videocon registered the largest decline in its subscriber base with 21.48% fall. The figure for Videocon subscriber base now stands at 5.15 million. There has been no change in the MTNL user base and it still stands at 3.57 million subscribers.

The association also released data on the positioning of the telecom companies, which shows Airtel leading the pack with a market share of 32.60%. Vodafone stands second with a market share of 25.59%. The third place is retained by Idea with a total market share of 22.58%.