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India will touch 500-mn mobile users mark by 2012

india Updated: May 05, 2009 21:51 IST

India will have 500 million mobile users by 2012 as telecom operators will look to tap the unexploited rural markets, Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) has said.

“Over 380 million people in the country now own mobile phones, which is a significant opportunity for operators. The number of mobile subscribers in India will touch 500 million by 2012, with growth in the rural markets,” Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) Managing Director -- Asia Pacific, Rohit Dadwal said.

Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) is a global non-profit trade body established to lead the growth of mobile marketing and allied technologies.

Companies such as Microsoft, Vodafone, Yahoo! India, TELiBrahma, Hungama, Nokia, Tata Teleservices, Indiagames among others are its members.

Dadwal said there is immense scope for revenue generation in the mobile marketing and advertising segment.

“The global spend on marketing and advertising amounts to USD 500 billion, of which less than one per cent is spent on mobile marketing and advertising,” Dadwal said.

“The Indian mobile market is growing at a staggering rate. Going forward, if India accounts for just 2-3 per cent of this USD 500 billion, it can translate into business worth USD 10-20 billion,” he said.