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Adhil Ahmeh Sagir
George Thomas K
Amit Kumar Das
Mobile phones, which were introduced around a decade ago in1995–1996 in India, are becoming the dominant means of accessing communication. At the end of 2005–2006, there were 90 million mobile subscribers in India in comparison to 50 million subscribers for landlines. Indian mobile subscriber base has now reached 617.53 million users, while number of telephone subscribers (wire line & wireless) in India has increased to 653.92 million for month of May 2010.the increase in mobile phones has been phenomenal in comparison with landlines since the introduction of mobiles in the country.
According to the latest trai report, the mobile tele-density(number of mobile phones per 100 inhabitants) in India stands at 52.30 compared to 36.98% at the end of march 2009(trai: annual report’08-‘09)and if the mobile growth rate continues at this pace – we should cross 1 billion mobile mark in less than 2.5 years (end 2012).
Here are details of telecom subscribers in India
* Total telephone subscriber base reaches 653.92 million
* Wireless subscription reaches 617.53 million
* Wire line subscription declines to 36.39
* 16.30 million new additions in wireless
* Overall tele-density reaches 55.38
* Broadband subscription is 9.24 million (source: Arun Prabhudesai, founder / chief editor at www.trak.in)
Market share of overall telecom operators:
(Source: India business blog- track.in)
The projected rapid growth in the mobile subscriber base will have important implications for future plans of mobile operators, infrastructure providers, handset suppliers and vendors. Mobile operators should be ready with contingency plans to deploy and operate infrastructure including customer care, billing, applications, etc., faster than that they might have initially planned.... [continues]
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