India on track to surpass Russia, US in mobile user base: report

10 May 2006

India's mobile phone market growth continues to accelerate and is on track to surpass Russia and the US in total subscribers, a report from Datacomm Research said.

The report, according to Chetan Sharma, consultant and report author, indicates that 'the number of mobile phone subscribers added each month in India has more than tripled over the past year.'

'India passed Japan in total subscribers last month. Within the next few weeks, India will break through the 100 million subscriber barrier,' he said.

The report also said India's wireless boom is largely the result of government decisions favoring competition. Both developing and developed countries can learn from India's regulatory, network infrastructure, handset, and value-added service innovations.

The report said the country is also poised to spend several billions of dollars on wireless infrastructure to accommodate subscriber growth, improve rural coverage, and add advanced services.

India's consumers require low-cost phones and handsets are now available for as little as $40.

However, many Indian consumers will spend a little more for enhancements such as the ability to download and play music and games, it said.

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