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 Wednesday, 14 January 2009

The Indian GSM operators have reportedly added more than 8 million mobile subscribers in the Dec’08 keeping its flag flying high as world’s fastest growing mobile market. According to the latest data compiled by COAI, India’s GSM subscriber base has reached the mark of 258 million at December’08 end, rising by 3.25 % from November’08. Bharti Airtel continued to be the market leader as it added over 2.7 million new subscribers taking its subscriber base to 87 million. Airtel held a market share of 33.22% at December end. Vodafone followed with a market share 23.63% and added 2 million subscribers in Dec’08 taking its total subscriber base to about 60 million. Idea Cellular added 1 million subscribers during the same period taking its total subscriber base to 38 million. BSNL, the state-owned incumbent, experienced a positive growth in December taking its subscriber base to 41 million.

Source: Wireless Federation.