According to the latest figures from COAI (Cellular operators association of India) GSM mobile operators managed to add 6.50 million new connections in April 2012. In the last two years this is the lowest monthly addition. The main factor which add to the slow growth is saturation of Metro markets which contributed only .99 million subscribers this month. B circles contributed the highest with more than 40 per cent of the net additions. The other factor is cancellation of licenses of players like Etisalat, Loop Telecom, Videocon, Uninor and Stel which used to add major part of new subscribers.
Many players which include Uninor and MTS (a CDMA operator) continue to add subscribers despite Supreme Court cancelling their licenses. According to the survey done MTS added 0.2 million subscribers to its kitty last month while Uninor got 1.1 million new subscribers in April. Etisalat, STel, Videocon, Loop Telecom other players have closed adding new subscribers. Airtel has added maximum subscribers but has lost No 1 status (in terms of subscriber additions) to Idea Cellular in first few months of 2012. Idea has retained its No 2 position with 1.5 million net additions in April. But there is great loss to Public sector telecom operators has they have contributed very less in terms of subscriber additions.
Source : Themobileindian