India is the fastest-growing cellular market; adds 5.9 million subs in August

India has become the fastest-growing cellular market in the world, adding a net 5.9 million cellular subscribers in August,  as compared to 4.94 million net additions during July 2006, reports TRAI. The gain outstripped China’s increase of 5.19 million subscribers. India’s charges per minute are probably the lowest in the world, at about 1 cent. 

At the end of August 2006, total Fixed lines were 40.87 millions and mobiles were 123.44 million. The total telephone subscribers in country reached 164.31 million as compared to 158.37 million in July 2006. At the end of August 2006 total Broadband connections in India have reached 1.72 million.

Worldwide growth in mobile phones is currently running at over 40 million new connections per month - the highest volume of growth the market has ever seen.  The market is on track to reach 3 billion connections around the end of 2007, from the current level of 2.5 billion connections, according to Wireless Intelligence forecasts.

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