India ended January with 771.18 million mobile subscribers, growing by 2.52 percent from 752.19 million in December 2010, according to figures from telecommunications regulator Trai. Urban subscribers grew 2.19 percent to 512.26 million, while rural subscribers increased 3.2 percent to 258.93 million. Overall teledensity stood at 64.74, while urban teledensity was 143.36 and rural teledensity was 31.05. Bharti Airtel remained the market leader with a market share of 20.2 percent and 155.79 million customers, versus 152.49 million in December.
Bharti's net additions for the month stood at 3.3 million. Airtel was followed by Reliance with 128.87 million subscribers, up from 125.65 million subscribers a month earlier. Reliance had a 16.71 percent market share and the operator attracted 3.21 million customers in the month. Vodafone Essar was third with a 16.52 percent market share and 127.36 million subscribers, up from 124.25 million in the previous month. Vodafone Essar signed up 3.1 million new customers in January. Tata Teleservices had 86.05 million customers in the month, up from 84.23 million.
Tata Teleservices had a market share of 11.16 percent, with net additions of 1.8 million. BSNL's subscribers grew to 88.81 million from 86.7 million a month earlier. Idea Cellular ended January with 84.28 million versus 81.77 million customers, and Aircel/Dishnet grew its customer base to 51.83 million from 50.16 million in December. Uninor ended the month with 20.3 million subscribers, compared with 18.51 million a month earlier. Sistema's subscriber base grew to 9.09 million from 8.4 million, while Loop Telecom ended January with 3.06 million customers versus 3.04 million in the prior month. Videocon saw its subscriber base decline to 6.01 million from 7.31 million in December and MTNL ended the month with 5.43 million customers versus 5.39 million in the prior month.