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10% Growth in Wireless User Base

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India has become the world's fastest growing wireless market, during this quarter, the subscriber base for wireless services has increased to 346.89 million from 315.31 million in the previous quarter, a growth of 10% over the previous quarter.

The total subscriber base of the wireline and wireless services reached 384.79 million in the said period, a growth of 8.80% over the previous quarter, Trai said. The tele-density (number of phones per 100 people) is 33.23 as on December 2008. Internet subscriber base in the quarter reached 12.85 million, registering a growth of 12.24%. BSNL was the top Internet service provider in the country, with more than 50% of the total subscriber base. Broadband subscriber base surged by 12.65% to 5.52 million in the third quarter.

Rural wireline user base decreased by 2.46% to 10.68 million in the quarter, whereas the rural subscriber base rose by 2.38% to 93.15 million. The number of PCOs has also decreased by 4.32% to 5.98 million.

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