India adds 8.77 m mobile users in January
Monday, 25 February 2008

Reuters . New Delhi

Indian mobile phone firms signed up a record number of 8.77 million new subscribers in January, data from the telecoms regulator showed.

In December, new wireless subscribers numbered 8.17 million. India's mobile firms have been signing about 8 million users each month since July, lured by call rates as low as 1 U.S. cent a minute and by cheap handsets.

Still, only about a quarter of the population has a phone, and the government has a target of 500 million phones by 2010.

Although the total wireless subscribers in India surged 55 per cent to 242.4 million in January from year-ago levels, the fixed-line telephone subscriber base continued to contract as more users shift to mobile phones, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's data showed.

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