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Ministry of Communications
09-March-2011 18:33 IST
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There has been continuous increase in the number of GSM telephone connections in the country

 

There has been continuous increase in the number of GSM telephone connections in the country.  The number GSM telephone connections in the country which were 192.69 million as on 31.03.2008, now stands at 564.09 million as on 31.01.2011.  The service area-wise detail for the last three years and current year is given in the Annexure.

As on 31.01.2011 Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has covered 3,90,552 villages out of 6,10,885 villages with mobile coverage in its area of operation.  Further BSNL plans to expand the mobile service coverage to the villages having population more than 1000 progressively in next three years subject to techno-commercial feasibility.

A scheme has been launched by USO Fund to provide subsidy support for setting up and managing 7363 number of infrastructure sites/towers (revised from 7871) in 500 districts spread over 27 States, for provision of mobile services in the specified rural and remote areas, where there was no existing fixed wireless or mobile coverage.  As on 31.01.2011, 7251 towers i.e. about 98.48% towers have been set up under this scheme.  The infrastructure so created is being shared by three service providers for provision of mobile services.  As on 31.12.2010, 13866 Base Transceiver Stations (BTSs) have been commissioned by Service Providers and mobile services are being provided. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Sachin Pilot in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 

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ANNEXURE

Service area-wise GSM telephone connections in the country

 

Sl. No.

Name of the service area

Number of GSM telephone connections

As on 31.03.2008

As on 31.03.2009

As on 31.03.2010

As on 31.01.2011

1

Andhra Pradesh

14,156,780

21,934,044

30,983,374

40,672,342

2

Assam

3,812,373

5,661,467

8,563,617

10,645,023

3

Bihar

8,432,726

16,060,803

29,512,424

41,180,678

4

Gujarat

13,403,445

19,297,585

24,630,640

33,720,855

5

Haryana

4,537,001

7,191,982

9,075,246

12,604,479

6

Himachal Pradesh

1,922,303

2,805,339

4,425,392

6,219,974

7

Jammu & Kashmir

2,097,075

3,363,102

4,846,445

4,781,672

8

Karnataka

13,147,235

18,378,973

25,312,586

31,409,752

9

Kerala

8,508,486

12,566,231

17,769,072

23,101,754

10

Madhya Pradesh

9,419,349

15,041,683

23,422,235

33,130,317

11

Maharashtra

(excl. Mumbai)

14,842,831

22,522,853

27,975,581

38,933,448

12

North East

2,039,271

3,224,507

5,107,819

6,280,852

13

Orissa

4,034,921

7,057,842

12,291,238

17,731,604

14

Punjab

9,332,430

11,807,586

14,754,064

18,757,340

15

Rajasthan

9,832,754

16,840,034

24,220,498

29,005,956

16

Tamil Nadu

(excl. Chennai)

14,494,306

23,223,182

33,004,703

42,739,831

17

Uttar Pradesh (East)

11,948,699

20,957,237

32,128,259

43,804,977

18

Uttar Pradesh (West)

9,012,824

13,941,620

20,779,790

29,341,069

19

West Bengal

(excl. Kolkata)

7,485,577

12,875,756

20,846,630

31,053,895

20

Kolkata

5,149,108

8,157,230

11,551,796

16,049,099

21

Chennai

5,665,198

7,350,574

8,836,250

10,243,745

22

Delhi

10,483,600

13,858,962

16,955,964

22,653,927

23

Mumbai

8,937,200

13,146,363

15,962,593

20,029,397

Total

192,695,492

297,264,955

422,956,216

564,091,986

 

Note:

  1. The figures of West-Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh (West) service areas also include GSM telephones of Andaman & Nicobar and Sikkim, Chhattishgarh, Jharkhand and Uttaranchal respectively as the private telecom service providers provide data service area-wise only.
  2. Idea Telecommunications have included GSM phones for Chennai in Tamilnadu.
  3. The Reliance Cmmunication Limited and Tata Teleservices have submitted the figures of wireless phones (WLL and GSM put-together).