New Delhi: Unitech Wireless Ltd, that operates under the Uninor brand, topped India's mobile subscriber addition list for January with 2.49 mln new connections, followed by Idea Cellular Ltd with 1.75 mln, according to data released today by the Cellular Operators Association of India on Friday.
COAI is an industry body of telecom companies providing mobile services based on global system for mobile communications technology and releases data on its member companies offering services based on the technology platform.
Uninor is a joint venture between Norway's Telenor and Unitech Ltd. The company's January subscriber addition was higher by 366,601 or 17.4% from December. However, Idea's user addition was nearly 27% lower than December's achievement of 2.38 mln new users.
India's total GSM subscriber additions rose to 8.44 mln during the reporting month from 7.55 mln in December.
Market leader Bharti Airtel Ltd added 1.30 mln users, up from 960,143 in the previous month. Vodafone India Ltd added 855,349 subscribers in January to take its total subscriber base to 148.60 mln at the end of January.
Next month's COAI release should provide interesting data on February subscriber additions, coming after the Feb 2 Supreme Court orders that cancelled 122 licences, including all 22 of Uninor and 13 of Idea.
While services have not been affected in any of the circles so far due to the court order, prospective customers might have turned away.
STel, whose licences were also cancelled, lost 119,093 users during the month. The company has decided to wind up its operations and has started migrating its users to other service providers.
In a separate release, MTS, provider of services based on code division multiple access, said it added 143,434 customers in January, taking its total customer base to 15.19 mln.