May marks another month of solid mobile subscriber growth

13 Jun 2003

The number of people using mobile phones in India reached 14.17 million by the start of June, more than double the figure recorded in May 2002, according to the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). In May the industry recorded 840,757 net additions over the previous month, an increase of close to 30%. In a country with a population of over a billion, however, the addition is little more than a drop in the ocean, raising cellular penetration to just 1.38%. The obvious growth potential of the sector, which is expected to reach 120 million users by 2008, has prompted a host of telecoms operators to invest in India, and 2002 witnessed both the launch of new players and the expansion of coverage by existing operators. The principal operators include SingTel-backed Bharti Televentures, state-owned telecoms behemoth Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd and Hutchison Whampoa’s local presence Hutchison Telecom. However, the likes of Idea Cellular – backed by AT&T Wireless, the Tata Group and the Birla conglomerate – Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) and BPL Communications are intent on increasing the pressure in an increasingly busy market.



Subscribe to CommsUpdate to get the day’s top telecom headlines delivered to your email.

Subscribe to CommsUpdate



Filter CommsUpdate by the following categories or use the search.


Visit our help page information on performing advanced searches, including how to restrict the results by country or company.


CommsUpdate is an outstanding advertising venue for companies seeking to reach:

  • International carriers
  • Wholesale service providers
  • Equipment and software vendors
  • Telecom investors
  • Regulators

Learn more about advertising on CommsUpdate.