India added 4.39 million new GSM users in September, the highest ever monthly additions figure, boosting the total mobile base to more than 127.83 million, according to the Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI). Bharti Airtel, 30.8% owned by SingTel, state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Hutchison Telecommunications remain the country’s largest GSM providers with 27.06 million, 20.94 million and 20.36 million customers respectively at the end of period. The COAI says more than three quarters of India’s mobile customers use GSM technology. The remainder utilise CDMA-based platforms; CDMA operators have yet to report subscriber figures for September.
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