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India’s telecoms subscriber base to reach 700Mn by 2012

Posted on: December 14, 2008

India is expected to reach the mark of 700 million subscribers by 2012 and operators will focus on penetrating into the rural areas, said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. According to the current statistics, India had 363.95 million telecom subscribers at the end of October, including 325.73 million wireless users. In the month of October, the telecom operators have signed up a record number of more than 10 million users. “At this rate of growth, the total telecom subscriber base is expected to reach 700 million by 2012, with about 650 million mobile users and 50 million landline” users, Singh said.
He further said, tele density, or the number of phone users for every 100 individuals, in rural areas is “low” at 13%, compared to the national average of 32% and 74% in urban areas. And therefore, the focus for telecom operators has to be increasing penetration in rural markets. As MTNL has launched He said tele density, or the number of phone users for every 100 individuals, in rural areas is “low” at 13%, compared to the national average of 32% and 74% in urban areas. And therefore, the focus for telecom operators has to be increasing penetration in rural markets. “I expect 3G will be become the predominant platform on which we will be able to build and deliver upon India’s broadband objectives,” he added.

Source: Wireless Federation

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