India adds 8.94 mln mobile users in June-regulator

NEW DELHI, July 25 Fri Jul 25, 2008 2:13pm BST

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NEW DELHI, July 25 (Reuters) - Indian mobile firms added 8.94 million users in June, maintaining the momentum in the world's fastest-growing mobile services market, the telecoms regulator said on Friday.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said there were 286.86 million wireless users in India at the end of June, up 55 percent from a year earlier.

In May, mobile operators had signed 8.62 million subscribers.

Top mobile operator Bharti Airtel (BRTI.BO) led the signings in June with 2.55 million new customers. The company had 69.4 million mobile users at end-June.

No. 2 Reliance Communications (RLCM.BO) added 1.74 million wireless users to have 50.79 million subscribers.

Unlisted Vodafone Essar, controlled by Britain's Vodafone Plc (VOD.L), added 1.73 million mobile customers in June, taking its total to 49.2 million.

Fixed-line users continued to dwindle with the subscribers declining 130,000 in June to 38.92 million.

Total fixed-line and wireless subscribers rose nearly 45 percent from a year earlier to 325.78 million at the end of June, the regulator said. (Reporting by Devidutta Tripathy, Editing by Mark Williams)