The global economic recession and slowdown seems to have no effect on the mobile usage in India as the country adds 9.18 million GSM subscribers in the month of February to its subscriber base, taking the total to 277.1 million subscribers at the end of February.
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Bharti Airtel led the chart with net addition of 2.73 million subscribers in February and ending the month with 91 million subscribers in total. Bharti was followed by countryís second largest mobile operator, Vodafone Essar, which added 2.5 million subscribers in February and ended the month with a subscriber base of 65 million, reports COAI.
BSNL came third as it gained 1.5 million subscribers in February taking the total subscriber base to 44 million. Following came Idea Cellular which added 1.5 subscribers and present holds a subscriber base of 41 million.
The Indian mobile market even in the time of recession is experiencing a boom driven by a drop in call rates, low cost handsets and growth of network coverage in rural areas.
Source: Wireless Federation.