The Indian Telecommunications Industry

  • The telecommunications sector attracted FDI to the tune of $14,163.01 million in the period April 2000 – March 2014.
  • India’s GSM operators added 2.58 million rural subscribers in April 2014, taking the total to 297.16 million. Also, Cellular Operators Authority of India’s (COAI) data suggests that the overall GSM subscriber base increased by 4.97 million in April 2014 taking the total GSM subscriber base to 726.90 million customers.
  • The COAI data also suggests that telecom provider Bharti Airtel provided the most number of customers in the month of April, about 990,000 new subscribers followed by Vodafone and Idea Cellular.
  • It has been predicted by Ericsson that India's mobile subscriber base will grow from 795 million in 2013 to 1145 million subscribers by 2020.