India adds 10.66 mn telephone subscribers in December

January 21st, 2009 - 5:42 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) India’s telecom industry continued its robust growth in December by adding 10.66 million new subscribers, an official statement said here Wednesday.The country registered 2.84 percent growth last month, taking the total number of telephone connections to 384.79 million from 374.13 million in November 2008, said the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) statement.

“With this growth, the overall tele-density has reached 33.23 percent at the end of December 2008 as against 32.34 percent in November,” the TRAI said.

The total wireless subscribers base (GSM, CDMA and WLL(F)) stood at 346.89 million in December.

According to the regulator, a total of 10.81 million wireless subscribers were added in December as compared to 10.35 million a month before, registering a growth of 4.44 percent.

However, in the wireline segment, the subscriber base decreased to 37.9 million in December from 38.05 million in the previous month.

The total broadband subscribers base reached 5.45 million in December as against 5.28 million a month before, a growth of 3.21 percent.

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