India's telephone subscriber base touches 672 million

The number of telephone subscribers in the country increased by 2.72 per cent to 671.69 million at the end of June 2010 from 653.92 million in the previous month, figures released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) showed.

With this, the overall tele-density in India has reached 56.83, an official release said. 

Wireless subscriber base in the country increased by 2.91 per cent to 635.51 million as of end-June 2010 from 617.53 million in May 2010. Wireless tele-density stood at 53.77.
     
During the January-March quarter of the previous financial year, the number of telephone subscribers had grown at 10.52 per cent to 621.28 million as of end-March 2010, from 562.16 million at end-December 2009.

This marks an year-on-year growth of 44.58 per cent over the same quarter of last year. 

Overall Teledensity in India reached 52.74 by end-March 2010. 

During the quarter, subscription in urban areas grew to 420.47 million as of end-March 2010, from 387.63 million at the end of December 2009, taking the urban teledensity to 119.73 per cent from 110.96 as of end-December 2009.