The growth of mobile phone market in India has reached a stage that the department of telecommunications has exhausted cell phone numbers beginning with 9. Soon, mobile phone companies are expected to issue cell phone numbers beginning with 8.
Moreover, the 95 sub-level of telephone numbers was earlier reserved for trunk calls or STD dialling within a telecom circle. Now these numbers has begun to be alloted to cellular operators. The country’s cellular subscriber base has been growing substantially over the last couple of years, which led to the exhaustion of the existing sublevels of 9.
Telephone Population in India
Accoding to TRAI, total 11.44 million telephone connections (Wireline and Wireless) have been added during May 2009, and the total number of telephone connections reaches 452.91 million at the end of May 2009. The total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA & WLL(F)) base stood at 415.25 million at the end of May 2009. Total Broadband (= 256 Kbps download) subscribers base has reached 6.40 million by the end of May 2009.