Telephony penetration reaches 12.8%, says TRAI

29 Jun 2006

Telephony penetration in India reached 12.8% of the addressable population at the end of March 2006, up from 9.11% a year earlier, according to the latest market report by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Unsurprisingly, the mobile sector was responsible for the bulk of growth, with the number of mobile subscribers rising 73% year-on-year to 90.14 million. Including fixed lines, customers rose to 140.32 million. Additionally, the TRAI reported that monthly ARPU of GSM mobile users rose to INR366 (USD7.9), from INR362 at the end of 2005, while CDMA mobile ARPU was steady at INR256. In the internet access market, the TRAI said the number of subscribers reached 6.94 million at the end of March, up 140,000 in three months. Broadband users, which it defines as download connections of at least 256kbps, accounted for 1.35 million.