India's Telecoms Regulatory Authority (TRAI) has reported that a total of 8.49 million telephone connections have been added during February 2008 as compared to 8.74 million connections added in January 2008. The total number of telephone connections reaches 290.11 million at the end of February 2008 as compared to 281.62 million in January 2008. The overall tele-density is 25.31% at the end of February 2008 as against 24.63% in January 2008.
In the wireless segment, 8.53 million subscribers have been added in the month of February 2008 as against 8.77 million subscribers added in the month of January 2008. The total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA & WLL(F)) base stood at 250.93 million at the end of February 2008.
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It may also be noted that the TRAI thinks that India is likely to become second largest wireless network in the world after China in the first half of April 2008.
According to CTIA website ( a Association of Wireless operators in US), the current subscriber base of USA is 256 million. US is adding about 2-3 million subscribers in a month where as China is adding around 6-7 million subscribers in a month. India's monthly wireless subscriber addition is highest in the range of 8-9 million a month. Thus the TRAI expects that India's wireless subscriber base during the first half of April 2008 will surpass that of USA and will become second largest wireless network in the world.
Not only this, the total subscriber base (wireless + wireline) of India will also cross 300 million mark in April 2008.
In the wireline segment, the subscriber base has slightly decreased to 39.18 million in the month of February 2008 as against 39.22 million subscribers in January 2008.
Source: Cellular News.