Telecom penetration still a challenge in rural India
Taru Bhatia | August 12, 2015
Despite the Digital India push, the country’s rural section growth in terms of telephone connectivity is picking up at a slow pace. The number of telephone subscribers in rural India has increased to 419.31 million as of March 2015, registering a mere 2.15 percent growth (December 2014-March 2015).
This finding has been published by TRAI in its quarterly report, The Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicators, for the period between January and March 2015.
The report further states that the overall number of telephone subscribers has increased by 2.63 percent in the country, with a total of 996.49 million subscriptions at the end of March 2015.
Out of the total, wireless subscriber base has noted a subsequent growth of 2.75 percent. It has registered a total of 25.92 million new subscriptions.
Hence, today, 969.89 million Indians are equipped with their personal wireless handsets, according to the report.
In terms of internet connectivity, number of subscribers has touched 302.25 million-mark at the end of March 2015. The increase has pushed the quarterly growth rate by 13.08 percent in India.
However, the report by TRAI has showcased a negative growth in the wireline subscriptions, which has gone down by 1.50 percent.
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