According to official data, Indian telcos added nearly 60 million mobile users in three months, taking India’s number of wireless subscribers to around 812 million.
The country’s mobile phone base grew by 7.9 per cent to 811 million during the January-March financial quarter, up from 752 million at the end of December 2010, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
India is the world’s fastest-growing mobile phone market and second largest after China, with over a dozen operators competing for millions of new customers each month.
[advt]Statistics show the number of telephones per 100 people has now reached just under 71, while the total telecom subscriber base – including fixed lines – touched 846 million for the quarter.
The total internet subscriber base grew more than 5 percent to 19.67 million from the previous quarter.
The government says boosting telecommunications use is key to India’s socio-economic development, especially in poverty-hit rural areas where penetration is still low.