August 9th, 2011
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Leap in mobile users

New Delhi: India’s rural mobile phone subscribers registering a marginal increase from 33.98 percent to 34 percent is fueling the growth in mobile phone users as per the recent Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) official report released here  on Monday.

India, a country of 1.2 billion people, now has 851.7 million mobile phone subscribers, with around 11.41 million connections added in June itself. Though rural India has seen a marked increase in number of users the share of urban subscribers declined from 66.02 percent to 66 percent.

The total number of telephone subscriber base touched 885.99 million, registering a growth of 1.29 percent and an overall teledensity of 73.97. However, of the total 851.70 million wireless subscribers in March, only 594.77 million were active subscribers on the date of peak visitor location register (VLR).

Telecom giant Bharti Airtel, which added 2.12 million users to take its subscriber base to 169.19 million users leading the growth in this category which was followed by Reliance Communications, Vodafone and Idea Celluar. According to the TRAI official data, the broadband subscriber base grew 1.64 percent from 12.12 million in May to 12.32 million in June 2011. with low level of mobile phone penetration in rural India the next wave of growth in subscription is expected to come from semi urban and rural areas which would have significant impact on the implementation of government schemes and also aid in its financial inclusion programme.





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