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Every fifth Indian has a phone

The tele-density in the country has increased to 19.86 in June 2007 from 19.26 in May, reports M Rajendran.

india Updated: Jul 26, 2007 02:11 IST
M Rajendran

One Indian in five now has a telephone connection.

The tele-density in the country has increased to 19.86 in June 2007 from 19.26 in May, according to the subscriber growth report released by the Telecom regulator on Wednesday.

The number of telephone subscribers touched 225.21 million at the end of June, up from 218.05 million in May. In the wireless segment, 7.34 million subscribers — the highest addition in any month till date — were added in June, against 6.57 million subscribers in May 2007, an increase of 11.72 per cent.

The total wireless subscriber base at the end of June was 185.13 million, including those using the global system for mobile communications technology (GSM), code division multiple access (CDMA) technology and wireless in local loop.

The wire-line subscriber base stood at 40.09 million at the end of June, up from 40.26 at the end of May.
According to the telecom regulator’s report, the gross addition in telephone subscribers during first quarter of 2007-08 was 19.35 million, against 13.10 million added during the corresponding period of 2006-07, an increase of 47.75 per cent.

However, telecom operators and the government’s efforts to push broadband seems to have had little impact. There was a meagre addition of 60,000 during June. The growth in broadband connections over last month was just 2.46 per cent, from 2.46 million to 2.52 million connections.