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Cellphone user base crosses 8 m in August

New Delhi, Sept. 12: The number of cellular subscribers in the country has crossed the eight-million mark during August.

The cellular subscriber base jumped from 76.9 lakh in July 2002 to 81.7 lakh in August, a rise of 6.24 per cent. Metros and other circles posted highest growth of over 7 per cent.

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) today released its monthly statistics of the subscriber base, that showed new subscribers went up from 3.5 lakh in July 2002 to 4.8 lakh in August 2002.

While Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai recorded a rise in their monthly additions, the subscriber base in Calcutta fell. In all four metros the subscriber base went up by 7.15 per cent to 33.24 lakh in August as against 31.02 lakh in the previous month.

In Delhi, Bharti’s subscribers grew from 7 lakh to 7.35 lakh, that of Hutchison Essar grew 3.2 per cent to 5.24 lakh, while Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd’s subscribers fell from 91,769 in July to 91,148 in August.

The Mumbai circle saw market leaders BPL Mobile and Hutchison Max consolidate their positions with 2.5 per cent and 4.5 per cent increase in customer base to 5.34 lakh and 5.43 lakh respectively.

However the MTNL subscriber base fell marginally to 1.06 lakh in Mumbai.

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