Indian Cell Population: 246 Million and Counting

The Indian cell-phone boom isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. Indian mobile operators are adding around 8 million new subscribers a month; February’s tally of 8.46 million brings the total to 246 million, making the country second only to China. Sure the ARPUs are low compared to those in the West, but I find it amazing how quickly the market has grown. I remember going there in 2004 and being amazed by the mobile frenzy. At the time, there were 34 million subscribers and hopes of hitting the 100 million-subscriber mark. They are clearly way past that. I wonder, how long can this growth continue? What is the natural limit to the market? Any theories, people? [via Unstrung]


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