How spectrum policy spurred tele-density, lowered tariff

February 24th, 2011 - 8:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Key facts and figures presented by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Communications Minister Kapil Sibal to show how the telecom policy of not auctioning airwaves, or spectrum, helped improve tele-density and slashed tariffs:-In March 2004, tele-density in rural areas was 1.55 percent, in urban areas it was 20.5 percent and the national average was 7.7 percent

-In December 2010, tele-density jumped to 31.18 percent for rural areas, 66 percent for urban areas and 47 percent nationally

-In 1999, average telecom tariff was almost Rs.17 (45 cents) per minute

-In 2004, it had come down to about Rs.3 (6 cents) per minute in 2004

-In 2011, it is 30 paise (less than a cent) per minute

-As on Dec 31, 2004, total telephone subscriber base was at 92 million

-As on Dec 31, 2010, total telephone subscriber base reached 787.28 million

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