The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has reported that 246,300 new subscribers signed up in January. India has seen the market grow by 75% over the past twelve months. The total number of subscribers now stands at 5.73 million, compared to 3.27 million at the end of January 2001.
The Indian cellular market is split into circles, corresponding to the size of the market covered. The lucrative ‘metro’ circles, which include the largest cities, had 2.25 million subscribers. The A circles totalled 1.96 million subscribers, B circles had 1.3 million and the C circles had just over 200,000.
The strongest growth was experienced in the mostly rural C circles, where subscriber numbers almost doubled in 2001.