India's telecoms regulator, TRAI has reported record growth for the country's mobile phone operators. In January, they signed up 8.77 million new subscribers - which broke the record of 8.17 million set only the month before.
The total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA & WLL(F)) base stood at 242.40 million at the end of January 2008. In the wireline segment, the subscriber base has slightly decreased to 39.22 million in the month of January 2008 as against 39.25 million subscribers in December 2007.
The total number of telephone connections reaches 281.62 million at the end of January 2008 as compared to 272.88 million in December 2007. The overall tele-density is 24.63% at the end of January 2008 as against 23.89% in December 2007.
Breakdown of subscriber numbers:
Bharti Airtel 57,417,625
Tata Teleservices 22,541,429
BPL Mobile 1,256,534
HFCL Infotel 268,830
Shyam Telelink 102,995
Source: Cellular News.