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Uninor seems to be providing best services in the country as the telecom operator has out performed its competitors in India by adding 2.67 million users in the month of October.

According to a COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India), Idea has added 1.64 million users in the month to become the second successful operator — almost a million less than Uninor.

At present, Uninor services are commercially available in the thirteen circles of UP (West), UP (East), Bihar, Orissa, Kolkata, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Mumbai, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Other GSM operators like Airtel (0.95 mn),Vodafone (0.92 mn), BSNL (0.51) and Aircel (0.49) have also added decent numbers of users to their kitty. Only Videocon registered a negative growth among the GSM operators.

MTNL, STel, Loop, and Etisalat registered very negligible growth, showed the COAI report.

However, Airtel still has the numero uno status with 173.73 million user base in the country. Meanwhile, the report said that there are 625.41 million GSM subscribers in India now by October end.


  • Bharti Airtel has cornered around 22 per cent of the total revenue of Rs 46,891.61 crore earned by telecom service providers during the first quarter of 2011-12, regulator Trai said today.
  • Airtel’s gross revenue was the highest at Rs 10,212.96 crore, followed by Vodafone at Rs 6,893.91 crore, Idea Cellular at Rs 4,600.77 crore and state-run BSNL at Rs 4427.80 crore, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said in its India Telecom Services Performance Indicator Report.
  • Revenues of Reliance Communication, state-run MTNL, Videocon and Quadrant Televentures, however dipped to Rs 3,014.90 crore, Rs 750.62 crore, Rs 162.18 crore and 51.40 crore, respectively.
  • Tata Teleservices earned Rs 2,865.66 crore, Aircel Rs 1,541.09 crore, Unitech Rs 538.90 crore, Shyam Sistema Rs 279.05 crore, Loop Telecom 186.05 crore and S Tel Rs 38.52 crore.
  • The gross revenue of Rs 46,891.61 crore is up by a marginal 3 per cent from the previous quarter. The revenue growth is 13 per cent compared to Rs 41,392.75 crore earned in the same period last fiscal. The adjusted gross revenue (AGR) on which the government charges the licence fee grew by 3.56 per cent Rs 32,589.93 crore in the first quarter, sequentially. Telecom service providers are charged a licence fee of 10 per cent of AGR in the metros and category ‘A’ areas, 8 per cent in in category ‘B’ areas and, 6 per cent category ‘C’ areas.

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  • State-run BSNL may get an additional Rs 5,503 crore from the Department of Telecom to establish an alternate communication network for defence services, enabling the vacation of spectrum by the Armed Forces.
  • The budget estimate approved by the Cabinet Committee of Infrastructure (CCI) for this purpose in December, 2009, was Rs 8,098 crore. The total cost of the project, including two years’ maintenance support by BSNL after the network is fully integrated, is Rs 13,601 crore, according to sources in the DoT.
  • Thus, the additional impact on the estimated cost of the project would be Rs 5,503 crore, inclusive of all duties and taxes and two years’ maintenance support, over-and-above the Rs 8,098 crore expenditure earlier approved by the CCI, they added.
  • As per the CCI approval, the project was to be implemented in 36 months (completion by December, 2012). However, the timeline is to be decided afresh because of delays in implementation.

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  • State-run BSNL’s losses have more than tripled to about Rs 6,000 crore during 2010-11 mainly due to hefty outgo for employees’ salary and expenses borne by the PSU for procuring 3G and BWA spectrum. The company had registered a net loss of Rs 1,823 crore during 2009-10.

 

  • According to the unaudited results of the company, the loss for 2010-11 is Rs 5,997 crore. The reason for widening of the losses is mainly on account of payment made to the Government to procure 3G and BWA licenses. The company had paid a total of Rs 18,500 crore for both,” a senior BSNL official said.

 

  • This resulted in loss of other income of close to Rs 4,000 crore during the year gone by. BSNL had demanded refund of this money but denied by the Finance Ministry. The total revenues of the company also declined to Rs 28,876 crore during the year, down nearly 10 per cent from Rs 32,072 crore in the previous financial year.

 

  • More than 47 per cent of the total income of the company goes for the payment made to the BSNL’s employees,” the official said indicating the PSU may resort to voluntary retirement scheme to trip its workforce in line with recommendations made expert committee. BSNL had reported the highest net profit of over Rs 10,000 crore in 2005-06 but since then its profits have been falling and in 2009-10 it reported net losses.

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