Indian mobile phone subscribers crosses 200 million mark

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It is a landmark achievement for India, that its telecommunications network has crossed the 200 million mark for wireless subscribers.

Now India has 201,286,738 wireless phones, which includes fixed wireless connections. It means that pure mobile phones are yet to reach the 200 million mark but are in close range. This shows that the current rate of growth of mobile phones should cross the 200 million mark within the next couple of months. India's teledensity (phones per 100) has reached 21.20, which translates into a total of 241.02 million phones by the end of August 2007. Of these, 39.73 million are fixed line connections.

In state-wise, Andhra Pradesh is holding top position with 15.93 million wireless phones and a wireless teledensity of 19%. The second slot goes to Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai) with 15.79 million phones against a population of 108.3 million and a wireless teledensity of nearly 14%. Delhi, with 13.74 million wireless phones and a population of 16.50 million has a wireless teledensity of 83%. The least number of wireless phones have been installed in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The state has a mere 1,430 phones, all through BSNL. However, other states fare marginally better: Uttaranchal has 53,780, Jharkhand 70,775 and Chhatisgarh has 98,758 phones. According to Trai, 8.31 million subscribers have been added to the wireless segment in August while 8.06 million had subscribers joined the bandwagon in the previous month.

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