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12 out of 100 Indians own phone

The state-owned telecom service providers, BSNL and MTNL, added 4.55 million new subscribers during February.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 12:19 IST

The state-owned telecom service providers, BSNL and MTNL, added 4.55 million new subscribers during February, taking India's tele-density beyond the 12 per cent mark.

The surge in the number of new connections continued last month with an average daily addition of 160,000 lines, sources in the ministry of telecommunication said.

The total number of telephones in the country crossed 135.5 million, as against 131 million till January 31, 2006, registering a growth of 3.43 per cent.

With these additions the overall national tele-density went up to 12.1 per cent in February 2006 from 11.8 per cent in January 2006. The figure was 8.98 per cent at the end of February, 2005.

The growth in February 2006 was 39 per cent over that of February 2005. Almost the entire growth has been in the mobile segment, with GSM accounting for 3.17 million connections and CDMA contributing 1.13 million. The additions in the fixed line segment were about 0.25 million.

The broadband segment was now picking up with over 900,000 new connections being provided by February 2006. The service was now available in 250 towns.

First Published: Mar 09, 2006 12:19 IST