Salient features of Indian telecom sector

February 2nd, 2012 - 10:10 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 2 (IANS) Following are the salient features of the Indian telecom sector which was jolted Thursday by the Supreme Court order cancelling 122 telecom licenses given out during A. Raja’s tenure as the communication minister:

- Total subscribers (wireless and fixed-line) in December: 926.53 million

- One of fastest growing markets in the world

- Total players: 15

- Dominant players: Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, Vodafone, Idea Cellular

- India held auctions of 3G and broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum in 2010, raising about $20 billion

- 4G services expected to be launched by end of 2012 with fresh guidelines

- Exit policy for telecom players being framed

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