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TABLE-India loses 5.1 mln mobile users in Aug; total at 908.4 mln

Oct 9 (Reuters) - India's mobile phone subscriber basedeclined by 5.13 million in August, the second straight monthlyfall, as carriers in the world's second-biggest wireless marketcontinued to disconnect inactive users in a clean-up drive.

The country had 908.36 million mobile phone subscribers atthe end of August, data released by the telecoms regulatorshowed on Tuesday. China, the world's biggest mobile phonemarket, had 1.07 billion mobile subscribers in August.

The increase in subscriptions slowed last year, after risingat a monthly average of 19 million in 2010 as the market showedsigns of saturation and also as companies started disconnectingusers who did not use their phones for months.

In July, carriers had lost a total 20.6 million mobilesubscribers.

S Tel and Etisalat DB, two of the eight carriers whoselicences have been ordered to be revoked by the country'sSupreme Court after an alleged scam, have discontinuedoperations.

Below is a table of mobile phone subscriptions as of August.

LEADING COMPANIES:NAME ADDITIONS (MLN) TOTAL USERS (MLN)

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Bharti Airtel-1.90 186.90Vodafone India-1.56 153.35Reliance Comm0.52 134.64Idea Cellular-1.65 115.97Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd 0.49 99.24Tata Teleservices 0.82 78.63Aircel 0.79 65.95Unitech Wireless -2.38 42.11Sistema Shyam TeleServices 0.13 16.84SMALLER PLAYERS:NAME ADDITIONS TOTAL USERS (MLN)

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MTNL-105,702 5.31Videocon Tele-383,876 4.78Loop 79,842 3.08Quadrant (Formerly HFCL) 17,475 1.55

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NOTE:

* Active mobile subscriptions in August were 701.87 million,or about 77.3 percent of the total connections.

* Mobile connections per 100 people, known as tele-density,rose to 74.71 in August. Mobile tele-density in urban areas was155.83, compared with 39.35 in rural areas.

* By end-August, 64.92 million mobile subscribers had optedto change their provider, since India allowed mobile numberportability in January 2011.

* The number of broadband users rose to 14.82 million inAugust from 14.68 million in the previous month.

* The number of fixed-phone line subscribers fell to 31.21million in August from 31.33 million in the previous month.

* Including fixed-phone lines, India had 939.57 millionphone users at the end of August, or a total tele-density of77.28.(Source:

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(Compiled by Aradhana Aravindan and Devidutta Tripathy)

((devidutta.tripathy@thomsonreuters.com)(+91 9818786430)(Reuters Messaging:devidutta.tripathy.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

Keywords: INDIA TELECOMS/SUBSCRIBERS