Indian telecom network becomes the second largest in the world with total subscriber base of over 670 million at the end of July 2010, according to a report. With this overall teledensity in the country has reached over 58% mark. “In last five years not only urban teledensity has risen from 26% to more than 125%, but rural tele-density has also increased phenomenally from 1.73% to over 27%,” according to the government.
Inaugurating the curtain raiser ceremony of ‘India Telecom 2010’, Thiru A. Raja, union minister, communications and IT, said, “ it has been made possible by synergy of conducive Government policies and the entrepreneurship zeal of telecom industry.” He also underlined the policy initiatives that led to the present state of reduced tariffs and monumental growth in teledensity enabling common man to afford it and get connected with rest of the world.
However, union minister of state for communications and IT, Sachin Pilot felt that leaving behind all goals set and met, today’s need is to focus on what has to be achieved from common persons perspective. “Broadband is the sunshine area. Besides accessibility and connectivity, rural subscribers need easy availability of quality services at affordable cost. Services like e-health care, e-education , e-governance, etc. on platform of broadband can turn out to be effective tool of Government intervention to ensure rural empowerment and raising quality of rural life avoiding incremental costs involved in traditional mode of service delivery. “