India has met the 200 million (20 crore) mobile subscribers target four months ahead of schedule and 15 months after crossing the 100 million mark in May 2006.

8.31 million wireless subscribers were added in August 2007, taking the total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA, WLL-F) base to 201.29 million.

  • Total telephone subscribers = 241.02 million
  • Wireless subscriber base = 201.29 million
  • Wireline subscriber base = 39.73 million
  • Teledensity = 21.20%

Top operators

  • Bharti Airtel = 2.05 million new users, 46.8 million total
  • Reliance Communications = 34.82 million users total
  • Vodafone Essar = 1.67 million new users, 34.11 million total
  • BSNL = 33.45 million users total
  • Tata Tele = 18.90 million users total
  • Idea = 17.87 million users total

Also Read: TRAI press release


Telecom operators added a record 7.34 million subscribers in June, the highest ever subscriber growth in a month.

The total number of telephone subscribers have reached 225.21 million (22.5 crore), taking the overall tele-density to 19.86 at the end of June 2007

  • 7.34 million wireless (GSM, CDMA, WLL-F) subscribers were added in June.
  • GSM additions = 5.2 million
  • CDMA additions = 2.1 million
  • Total wireless subscriber base = 185.13 million
  • Total wireline subscriber base = 40.09 million

Here’s a fun way to look at the growth in the month of June 2007.

  • 73.4 lakh additions in the month
  • 2.44 lakh additions per day
  • 10,000 additions every hour
  • 166 additions every minute
  • Nearly 3 additions every second


Nokia is India’s largest MNC with sales of over 15,000 crore. The company has a share of about 74% in the Indian GSM handset market.

The ET article, which gives out the above figures, is about Nokia India Sales Head – Sunil Dutt – quitting the company.


Former MD of Walt Disney India, Rajat Jain has joined Mobile2win as managing director and CEO.

Prior to Disney, Rajat was with Sony Entertainment as EVP and Business Head, SET MAX, their movies and cricket TV channel. He has also held senior management positions with the Essel Group, Telstra International, Benckiser India and Hindustan Lever.

GK, a co-founder of the company along with Rajiv Hiranandani, will now focus primarily on Strategy and operations.

Mobile2win is a mobile VAS enabler having a strong presence in the media and entertainment segments. Investors in Mobile2win include Nexus India Capital, Norwest Venture Partners and Softbank China.



India added a total of 73 lakh (7.3 million) mobile users in June this year, the largest subscriber addition by telecom sector so far.

CDMA players added 21 lakh (2.1 million) users and GSM operators added 52 lakh (5.2 million) new users in June, says this Business Standard article.

But according to COAI, GSM operators added 54 lakh new users in the month of June. So is the total number of new users 75 lakh then? For detailed GSM additions in the month of June, refer to this post.

According to data released by AUSPI, Reliance Communications added 11.91 lakh new users taking its total base to 2.8 crore and Tata Teleservices added 7.7 lakh new users taking its total base to nearly 1.8 crore.

The launch of sub Rs 1000 ($25) handsets by Reliance and Tata might have boosted the growth in user additions. Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices had launched handsets priced at Rs 777 and Rs 770 respectively.


India’s mobile services revenue will grow to $25.6 billion by 2011 according to research firm Gartner.

Telecom revenues were around $8.95 billion in 2006, of which 9.6% were contributed by data services. Share of data revenues would rise to 22% of the total revenues by 2011. Gartner says entry of Vodafone will vitalise data services and the overall telecom market.

  • Mobile market penetration is projected to increase from 12.7% in 2006 to 38.6% in 2011.
  • By 2011, around 58% of the rural population and 95% of the urban population would be mobile.
  • Pre-paid connections, which accounted for over 84% in 2006, are expected to grow to around 93% of the total connection base by 2011.
  • Mobile subscribers would grow at a compounded annual rate of 23%, taking total connections to more than 462 million in 2011.

Source: Business Standard


With additions of 5.4 million (54 lakh) new users in June, GSM subscriber base has touched 136 million.

Bharti Airtel = 1.96 million new, 42.7 million total
Vodafone Essar = 1.54 million new, 30.75 million total
BSNL = 0.43 million new, 28 million total
Idea = 0.90 million new, 16 million total
Spice = 0.16 million new, 3.1 million total

The delay in capacity addition is taking a toll on BSNL’s subscriber addition rate. In terms of subscriber numbers, BSNL was the No. 2 GSM operator in India till two months ago.


Total telecom subscriber base (GSM, CDMA, FWP, Landlines) as of May 2007 stood at 21.8 crores (218 million).

  • Net addition in May = 63 lakh subscribers
  • Tele-density = 19.25%
  • GSM additions = 50 lakh
  • CDMA additions = 15 lakh
  • Fixed line base declined by 2 lakh

COAI is usually prompt in releasing subscriber growth figures. The GSM numbers for the past month are usually in by the end of first week of every month. It is the CDMA and landline numbers which take longer to arrive.


ET reports that merger talks between Idea Cellular and Spice Telecom have broken down due to differences in price.

Spice, which offers cellular services in Punjab and Karnataka, had revenues of around Rs 553 crore in 2006. It was looking at a valuation of about $1.3 billion (over Rs 4,300 crore). Idea found it excessive, as Spice does not have a nation-wide presence and continues to make losses.

Analysts say that if Bharti Airtel’s valuation is taken as the benchmark, Spice would command a price of about $1 billion. But Spice is only present in two circles and is a pure-play mobile company compared with Bharti, an all-India integrated operator. Therefore, Spice’s valuation would be at a discount of 30%-35% to Airtel, or about $650 million-$700 million.


Firdose Vandrevala, Chairman of Motorola India is quiting the company. Mr Vandrevala had joined Motorola in October 2005.

The Hindu Business Line says that Vandrevala’s exit is being seen as the direct fallout of Motorola losing the 45.5 million line contract from BSNL.

Motorola officials denied any link between Mr Vandrevala’s exit and the way the BSNL contract was handled. Industry sources close to the development, however, said that while Motorola’s top bosses were not in favour of going to court against BSNL, Mr Vandrevala had pushed the move. Motorola, which is eyeing future contracts from the State owned company, finally decided to withdraw the case as it was straining the relationship with senior BSNL and Government officials. The case delayed BSNL’s expansion plans by six months causing huge losses to the PSU.

This is the second time a Motorola India chief is quitting the company under mysterious circumstances. The company’s earlier India head, Mr Pramod Saxena, had also suddenly announced his exit following allegations of influencing BSNL tendering process.

Vandrevala’s stint at Motorola saw the company’s market share growing to nearly 14% from less than 5% two-year ago. The period also saw the company setting up a manufacturing facility in India and partnerships with Bharti Teletec and ITC’s e-choupal.