500M phones for India by 2010

By agencies   |   Wednesday, 24 May 2006, 07:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran projected that India would reach the target of 500 million telephones by 2010, to facilitate which the government was making efforts to release 45 mhz of spectrum by the end of this year.

Today at a press conference, Maran outlined achievements of his ministry in the last two years, “The current subscribers base in the country is 150 million. The target for 2007, which has already been announced earlier, is 250 million new phone connections. Now we are setting a target of 500 million telephone connections by 2010.”

He added that DOT along with Ministry of Defense had already taken up a $227.27 million project to release 45 mhz of spectrum, a key resource for the mobile telephone industry, by the end of this year 2007, mobile telephony will cover 85 percent of the country.

Maran said the Government will also make spectrum available for the third generation mobile services (3G).

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