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BSNL beats private sector firms for third month in subscribers addition

State-run telecom operator BSNL said it added the most number of subscribers in April, beating its private sector competitors for the third month in a row.

“Growth of BSNL in April 2016 is 1.32 per cent against the industry average 0.06 per cent. BSNL has given highest growth consistently in last months ie February, March and April,” BSNL said in a statement.

As per latest data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, telecom subscriber base in April marginally grew to 105.92 crore from 105.88 crore in March.

Mobile subscriber base increased by 0.06 per cent from 103.36 crore in March to 103.42 crore in April.

Growth in mobile segment in April was led by BSNL which added 11.39 lakh subscribers, followed by Bharti Airtel (9.78 lakh), Aircel (5.72 lakh), Reliance Communications (1.1 lakh), Vodafone (46,600), Quadrant (Videocon group firm – 25,012) and MTNL (11,591).

Videocon, which has sold its mobile business to Airtel, lost 14 lakh subscribers. Companies which lost subscribers in April included Tata Teleservices (3.97 lakh), Idea Cellular (3.87 lakh), Sistema (42,290) and Telenor (25,496).

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