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Kolkata concern for GSM operators as subscriber base falls

Source : BUSINESS_STANDARD
Last Updated: Sat, Dec 08, 2012 18:57 hrs

pKolkata has emerged as one of the key concerns for the telecom companies providing GSM servicesppGSM subscriber base in Kolkata telecom circle has dropped the highest by 228 per cent in October bringing down the overall GSM customer base in all metro circles by 011 per cent according to statistics provided by the Cellular Operators Association of India COAIppKolkata is the only metro circle where GSM subscriber base has declined At the end of October number of GSM users stood at 153 crore a drop of 35 lakh from 157 crore in the previous month In all metro circles cumulative GSM subscriber based declined by 86874 to 770 croreppOctober came as a surprise month as GSM telcos have gained overall subscriber base after key players like Bharti Airtel Vodafone and Idea Cellular had lost subscribers during the consecutive two previous months for the first time in a decadeppIn October GSM telcos have added 238521 new subscribers pan-India taking the total subscriber base to 67191 millionppAmong the operators Uninor was most hit in Kolkata with a loss of 21 lakh customers in Kolkata The company is set to withdraw services in the circle as its current licence will lose validity on January 18 2013 It has not applied for spectrum for Kolkata circle in the recently concluded auction of 1800 MHz spectrumppIdea Cellular lost 60852 subscribers in Kolkata during October while Vodafone witnessed a drop of 52576 subscribers during the month Bharti Airtel lost 30322 customers and Aircel Cellular closed the month with a loss of just 3534 subscribersppAfter Kolkata GSM telcos have suffered the most in Assam with a drop of 119 per cent in subscriber base followed by West Bengal with a drop of 097 per cent and Uttar Pradesh - West with a 061 per cent declineppOther circles where GSM subscriber base dropped include Tamil Nadu 059 per cent Uttar Pradesh &ndash East 041 per cent Haryana 034 per cent Bihar 016 per cent in OctoberppOverall GSM subscriber base increased by 020 per cent in all &lsquoA&rsquo circles inclusive and &lsquoC&rsquo circles by 013 per cent but subscriber base in all &lsquoB&rsquo circles inclusive has dropped by 010 per cent during the monthppWith Uninor pulling out of Kolkata and West Bengal telecom circles there are about 56 million mobile users having are up for grabs Uninor which has been operating in both Kolkata and West Bengal telecom circles since December 2009 will lose the validity of its licences in Kolkata West Bengal and Mumbai telecom circles on January 18 2013 In February the Supreme Court had cancelled 122 telecom licences including Uninor&rsquos pan-India licences issued in 2008 by the then telecom minister A RajappNorway&rsquos Telenor backed Uninor which has secured spectrum for six telecom circlesp


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