India registers slight slowdown in new telecom connections

March 19th, 2009 - 5:45 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) India’s telecom operators managed to add 13.42 million new subscribers to the network in February, which was lower than the 15.26 million new connections during the previous month, official data showed Thursday.
With this, the total number of telephone connections in the country under both the wireless and wireline segments has gone up to 413.47 million, the sector’s watchdog, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, said in a statement.

The overall tele-density in the country has also reached 35.62 in the month under review compared to 34.50 in the month before, the statement said.

The total base for wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA and fixed-wireless) stood at 375.74 million, with 13.44 million subscribers added in February.

In the fixed phone segment, the downward trend continued during the month with a drop of 0.02 million connections to 37.73 million from 37.75 million in January.

The number of broadband subscribers also rose to 5.85 million in February as compared to 5.65 million in the month before.

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