Bharti Airtel subscribers base crosses 180 million

Bharti Airtel added 2.5 million new subscribers to its user base in the month of March 2012, highest in the last 12 months, due to increased number of MNPs going in favour of the India's largest telecom company, following the Supreme Court order for cancellation of 122 licences issued during A.Raja tenure.

As of March 2012, Bharti Airtel remains at No.1 position with a total subscriber base of 181.3 million while Idea maintains it's third position with 112.7 million subscribers. Vodafone remains second with total subscriber count at 150.5 million at the end of March.

The three telecom biggies together gained 953,764 users through MNP in March, compared with 440,116 in January. Bharti Airtel’s addition of users through the MNP route stood at 426,129 in the month, compared with 193,785 in January this year. Similarly, Vodafone gained 271,292 subscribers through MNP in March compared to 97,702 new users it had added January. For Idea Cellular, the net gain in subscribers stands at 256,343 for March, against 148,629 in January.

Uninor and Sistema Shyam, which have been impacted by the Supreme Court order, are losing subscribers through MNP, despite their aggressive campaigns and new tariff plans. For Uninor, the net loss of subscribers through MNP stood at 63,536 in March, against 22,202 in January. Uninor’s total subscriber base stands at 42.4 million, while MTS’ is 16 million.

Since the launch of MNP on January 20 last year, Idea has gained the most number of users (2,759,754), followed by Vodafone (1,835,592) and Bharti (1,278,690). On the other hand, Uninor has lost 181,547, Etisalat 133,006, STel 95,874 and MTS 41,607 users till date.

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