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Growth of India's Mobile Technology

2008-12-15


India has become one of the fastest-growing mobile markets in the world. The mobile services were commercially launched in August 1995 in India. In the first 5-6 years, the average monthly subscribers were around 0.05 to 0.1 million only and the total mobile subscribers base in December 2002 stood at 10.5 million. The subscription base just grew exponentially, reaching to around 2 million per month in the year 2003-04 and 2004-05.

In the mobile telephone sector, growth was sluggish in the early years because of the high price of hand sets as well as the high tariff structure of mobile telephones. In the New Telecom Policy in 1999, the industry heralded several pro-consumer initiatives. These initiatives pushed mobile subscriptions to pick up. The number of mobile phones added throughout the country in 2003 was 16 million, followed by 22 million in 2004, 32 million in 2005 and 65 million in 2006. The only country with more mobile phones than India’ 246 million units is China at 408 million handsets.

India has taken the advantage of both the GSM (global system for mobile communications) and CDMA (code-division multiple access) technologies in the mobile sector.

The mobile tariffs in India have also become lowest in the world. A new mobile connection can be activated with a monthly contract of only US$5. In 2005 alone 32 million handsets were sold in India, and the market is far from being saturated.

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