InfoWorld: Indian government is targeting a telephone base of 500 million connections by 2010, according to the country’s minister for communications and information technology, Dayanidhi Maran. The country is expected to have 250 million connections by end of 2007. Currently, the number of telephone connections, both fixed and wireless, is close to 150 million. This will be aided by growth in mobile phones which adds four million every month. The fixed phone base is only less than 50 million and grows at a far slower clip.
Speaking to the media on completion of two years in office, Maran said that the coverage of mobile services will be expanded to 85 percent of the geographical area by next year. The government has asked defence ministry to release 45 MHz of spectrum by the end of this year for aiding mobile growth and to launch 3G services.