The CDMA standard mobile subscriber base in India at the end of Q2-2006(June30th) stands at 26,794,545. Their are only two major operators based on this technology – Reliance Infocomm and Tata Indicom.
Reliance Infocomm now has 20,205,558 mobile subscribers compared to 15,407,211 at the end of Q1-2006(March-31st) reperesenting a QoQ growth of 31%. Reliance Infocomm now has a market share of 75.5% on CDMA technology only. Tata Indicom now has a subscriber base of 6,588,987 compared to 4,851,532 a quarter ago, representing a QoQ growth of 35.8%. Tata Indicom now has a market share of 24.5% on CDMA network only.
Overall the Metros witnessed slower growth compared to Category “A” circles (Mahrashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu). Combined subscriber base at the end of Q2-2006 in Metros is 7,137,676 while in Category “A” circles is 9,244,816. Recently, Reliance Communications, the parent company for Reliance Infocomm has threatned to migrate to GSM if Qualcomm fails to oblige to its requests. However, this may not happen in the next few quarters and it will continue to add subscribers in Reliance Infocomm.