2nd is the best … India to move to #2 in mobile phone users

According to TRAI, India is positioned to have the second largest number of wireless phone users in the world behind China. Even more relevant, is the fact that India is estimated to have the fastest growth rate in this market — including China — which means that other sectors that rely on mobile phones, like banking, are likely to grow substantially as well. Much of this push can be credited to the downward pressures on pricing that have occurred over the last twelve months, and the increasingly affordable state of mobile technologies.

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10 Responses

  1. If there is one thing that is common with a large majority of the world….. is the mobile phones!

    Keep up the good work!
    pKay.

  2. The mobile telephony revolution in India is being driven by two major factors:

    1. TRAI (the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) has diligently kept a watch on prices and intervened frequently. This has helped in “keeping the various players honest”.

    2. India did not have much “baggage” in terms of fixed line telephony (even now, our penetration of fixed line telephones is pretty poor). Also, the rate of creation of new wireline infrastructure- especially in Tier 2/3 cities/towns and rural India was slow. Mobile service providers expanded aggresively across much of the country- simply because they had huge up-front license costs to recover. The combined result was greater access to mobile telephone services. For many, the switching cost to mobile telephones was fairly low. For new telephone users, the mobile revolution added convenience to cost advantages and accessibility.

  3. PKay,

    Thanks for the kind words and the support.

    Anand,

    TRAI in my opinion is the real hero here – smart policy and effective regulation, enabled us to ‘leapfrog’ – never worrying about fixed copper lines.

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