As per an AFP news report, India notched up its billionth mobile phone subscriber in October, the country’s telecoms regulator said, underscoring the importance of its fast-growing mobile market, the world’s second-largest after China.
The number of mobile subscribers rose by nearly 7 million in October from the previous month to surpass one billion, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said Wednesday, hitting a milestone that China reached in 2012.
Mobile phone subscriptions have boomed in India in recent years as aggressive cost-cutting by telecoms providers has driven down prices, leading to some of the cheapest tariffs in the world. “It is a matter of great pride for us. It shows an empowered India and an engaged India and a tech-savvy India,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications & IT. “It will mean more data, more government-to-government connectivity, more broadband,” he said.
The figures do not indicate that India has one billion individual mobile phone users, however, as many people have more than one connection.