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Telecom growth continues unabated in September; tele-density crosses 8

11-October-2004
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Telecom growth continues unabated in September; tele-density crosses 8

According to the latest compilation done by TRAI based on latest reports from operators, the subscriber base for telephony services continued to maintain high growth during September 2004. Around 2 million subscribers were added compared to 1.87 million subscribers in August 2004. During the first six months of 2004-2005, around 10.5 million subscribers have been added.

In the mobile segment, 1.85 million subscribers were added during September 2004 compared to 1.67 million in August 2004. The mobile additions consist of 1.55 million GSM subscribers and 0.3 million CDMA subscribers.

During the first six months of the current financial year, approximately 9.37 million mobile subscribers were added, making a total of 42.97 million mobile subscribers at the end of September 2004.

In the fixed segment, 0.17 million subscribers were added in September 2004, which were predominantly WLL (F). With this the total fixed line subscriber base has reached 43.82 million.

The gross subscriber base consisting of fixed as well as mobile has touched 86.79 million, resulting in an overall tele-density of around 8.10.

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