I decided to compile a lit of all the Mobile / Wireless Service providers in India. The technology they operate on, Service Areas and Joint Venture Partner if any is also mentioned.

  • Bharti Airtel (GSM) Operates PAN India. Has investments from Singapore Telecom
  • Reliance Communications – (GSM + CDMA) Crippled by the CDMA handset limitations, the company has recently expanded its GSM services to all India.
  • Vodafone-Essar (GSM) Formerly Hutchison, Vodafone bought controlling stake and has since then re-branded the company.
  • BSNL + MTNL (GSM + CDMA) Government Owned. PAN India and the first to launch 3G operations.
  • Idea Cellular- GSM – PAN India barring few circles. Took over Spice Communications which had operations in Karnataka and Punjab. Managed by Kumar Birla and has Telekom Malaysia a foreign investor.
  • Tata Indicom / Teleservices – Operates on CDMA with PAN India network. Will launch GSM servics this year across India. NTT DoCoMo of Japan is the strategic investor.
  • Aircel – GSM. Rolling out countrywide operations. Maxis of Malaysia is a big investor
  • Loop Telecom – GSM – Backed by BPL. Has operations in Mumbai in battle with Vodafone Essar. Has now secured All India License.
  • Datacom – Only has UASL License for GSM. backd by Videocon group [No Operations]
  • Unitech – Real Estate company made windfall profits selling out stake to Telnor. Has PAN India GSM license [No Operations]
  • Swan Telecom – Has UASL GSM License. Sold 45% stake to Etisalat [No Operations]
  • Shyam – CDMA Pan India License. Sistema of Russia is the JV Partner. Operational in 2 circles.

Virgin Mobile is a Franchisee of Tata Indicom and is likely to convert itself as a MVNO.

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