India, which is globally termed as the world’s fastest-growing telecom market added a record breaking 8.77 million mobile phone connections in January 2008 and overtook China, the world’s largest telecom market which added 8.42 million mobile phone subscribers in the month of January.
According to industry sources and data released by telecom regulator TRAI, subscriber additions in the telecom sector in the month of January are the highest-ever recorded globally. India has added 0.66 million more subscribers than it added in the month of December which stood at 8.11 million.
Amongst our Indian telecom service providers, Bharti Airtel took up major portions of the pie and added 2.3 million users, taking its total subscriber base to 57.4 million. RCom followed Airtel by adding 1.6 million subscribers taking its total base (GSM and CDMA) to 42.6 million.
Vodafone Essar stood third in the race and added 1.3 million subscribers in January taking its total subscriber base to 41.1 million followed by state run BSNL which added 0.6 million subscribers making a total base of 33.7 million subscribers.