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Indian phone subscribers' base up by 9 percent

New Delhi, Oct 9 (IANS) India's gross subscriber base of the fixed and mobile telephony services together touched 153.42 million during the quarter ending June 2006, up by 9.32 percent from the earlier quarter, official data released Monday showed.

Monday, October 9, 2006 | 10:26:37 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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New Delhi, Oct 9 (IANS) India's gross subscriber base of the fixed and mobile telephony services together touched 153.42 million during the quarter ending June 2006, up by 9.32 percent from the earlier quarter, official data released Monday showed.

India's apex telecom watchdog, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) announced the figures in its first quarter (April-June 2006) results of the telecom services which it releases every year for the benefit of stakeholders, analysts and research agencies.

The numbers of public call offices (PCOs) in the country have also increased to 4.5 million, a growth of 7.22 percent during the quarter.

The revenue realisation per minute for GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) has declined from Rs.0.93 at the end of March 2006 to Rs.0.85 during the quarter ending June 2006 thus registering a decline of 8.4 percent.

For CDMA (code division multiple access) services the average revenue per user (ARPU) for the quarter is Rs.228 and the revenue realisation per minute is Rs.0.52, stated a TRAI release.

The Internet subscribers' base increased from 6.94 million at the end of March 2006 to 7.71 million during the quarter, registering a growth of 11.10 percent.

Copyright : Indo-Asian News Service
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