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AP Circle of BSNL tops in mobile revenue

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HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh Circle of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has topped the list of circles across the country in terms of mobile revenue.

This was stated by the AP Circle's Chief General Manager Rajeev Agarwal here on Wednesday. It was first even under the recently introduced Mobile Number Portability. Within Andhra Pradesh, it had moved from fourth position to the third surpassing Vodafone, with Airtel and Idea being in the first and second positions. BSNL's mobile services had registered growth at about four to five per cent and its market share had risen from 15.2 to 16.9 per cent, he added.

Declining to give the numbers as far as revenue was concerned, he said the AP Circle was among the four in India that were in the Rs. 2,000 crore revenue bracket.

At a press conference here on Wednesday, he said the Circle had 1.70 lakh ‘port-in' requests from those who wanted to shift to BSNL from other mobile service providers. The Circle had come up with innovations, Mr. Agarwal said, adding that till July 31, a 32 K SIM was being given free of cost for all new mobile connections, an offer that saw an increase of about 30 to 40 per cent in mobile additions. Also, the validity period for all top-up vouchers had been increased .

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