Rapid rise in rural telephony in India

Posted on October 27, 2008  /  0 Comments

Few weeks back I heard Senior Director of COAI, Mr T.R. Dua, state that rural teledensity (or access paths/100) now exceeded 10. Having heard numbers as low as 2/100 population just a few years back, I decided to investigate further. The Indian telecom minister, Mr Raja, confirmed that there were now 11 access paths per 100 rural persons. This suggests that the urban-rural gap is being closed by market forces, questioning the need for extensive government intervention using the universal services taxes.

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