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According to a study by GSMA, India is all set to become the fourth largest smartphone market by 2020.

Indian Telecom Industry Analysis

Latest update: February, 2018

  • India is currently the 2nd largest telecommunication market and has the 3rd highest number of internet users in the world
  • India’s telephone subscriber base expanded at a CAGR of 19.16 per cent, reaching 1188.5 million during FY07–1
  • Tele-density (defined as the number of telephone connections for every 100 individuals) in India, increased from 17.9 in FY07 to 92.59 in FY171


Notes: CAGR - Compound Annual Growth Rate, 1- Data till February 2017
Source: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India

  • The mobile segment’s teledensity surged from 14.6 per cent in FY07 to 90.70 per cent in FY171
  • GSM services continue to dominate the wireless market with a 98.66 per cent share (as of December 2016); while CDMA services accounted for the remaining 1.34 per cent share.


Note:Teledensity - The number of telephone lines for every 100 people in a country, GSM - Global System for Mobile Communications, CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access, 1 - Data till February 2017
Source: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India



Last Updated: February, 2018

India is the world's second-largest telecommunications market, with over 1.18 billion subscribers as of November 2017. The wireless segment (98.03 per cent of total telephone subscriptions) dominates the market. It has also been growing at a brisk pace. During FY07-17, wireless subscriptions witnessed a CAGR of 21.64 per cent to reach 1,170.2 million. India is also the second largest country in terms of internet subscribers. The country is now the world’s second largest smartphone market and will have almost one billion unique mobile subscribers by 2020. Revenues from the telecom equipment sector are expected to grow to US$ 26.38 billion by 2020.

India’s telecommunications market is expected to experience further growth, fuelled by increased non-voice revenues and higher penetration in rural market. Telecom penetration in the nation's rural market increased to 56.94 per cent by November 2017. The emergence of an affluent middle class is triggering demand for the mobile and internet segments.

Strong policy support from the government has been crucial to the sector’s development. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) cap in the telecom sector has been increased to 100 per cent from 74 per cent.

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