New Delhi: It seems that many telecom operators had apprehensions about Supreme Court’s ruling on 2G license cancellations as they whole-heartedly focused on building user base in January.

The Supreme Court’s decision on cancellation of 2G licenses came on February 2, but these telecom companies had already acquired a minimum of 30 lakh new customers in January. However, it is apparent that the customers will face difficulties with their 2G connections as the services of affected telecom operators are going to be closed in the next four months.

According to the data released by the association of 2G license holder companies (COAI), Uninor has acquired most number of subscribers in January 2012. With the help of attractive schemes, the company has been successful in making 25 lakh new subscribers in January 2012 alone. Following this, company’s total subscriber base has come close to 3.88 crore. Due to cancellation of license, Uninor is mulling over their strategic options in India. However, company has already expressed their willingness to stay in India through recent ad campaigns.

Uninor has 8 percent market share of Indian GSM market.

Sans S-Tel, many other GSM license holder companies including Videocon, Etisalat, and Loop have also acquired new customers. Out of them, only Videocon had accounted significant customer subscription. On the whole, subscriber base of companies whose licenses have been cancelled is more than 5.5 crore. According to Supreme Court’s ruling, services of these companies will end in 4 months.

However, according to the statistics Bharti Airtel is the present market leader with 27.30 percent market share. Bharti Airrtel has witnessed a rise of 0.33 percent in their user base in January. With 22.93 percent market share Vodafone is challenging the market leader. Their subscriber base is 14.86 crore.

(JPN/Bureau)