What’s the number of people using mobile phones in India by early 2016?

Statewide distribution of mobile phone density in India

According to the numbers released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) the number of people using mobile phones in India has crossed the 100 crore (10,000 million) mark. India crossed this number in 2015.

Surprisingly, there isn’t as big a gap as one would normally think when it comes to the number of people using mobile phones in urban as well as rural areas. 57.27% of all mobile subscribers/users in India are urban and remaining, rural. The tele-density in urban areas of India show that people have multiple mobile phone connections. For example, the urban tele-density (the number of people using mobile phones per 100 persons) for mobile phones is 147.72. Rural tele-density is 49.83. I’m presenting just the wireless numbers. I think the overall tele-density in India is also quite satisfactory: 82.30 people seem to be using mobile phones and landline phones in every 100.

According to the statistics released by the TRAI, the number of active wireless subscribers in January 2016 was 917.63 million. The monthly growth in the number of people using telephones in India in general comes out to be around 0.66%. According to the figures of January 2016, India experienced a monthly growth rate of 0.70% in the number of people using mobile phones. The mobile/wireless subscription in urban areas increased from 579.67 million at the end of December 2015 to 582.95 million at the end of January 2016. The figures were 431.22 million and 435.02 million respectively during the same period in the rural areas. The monthly growth rates seem to be 0.57% in urban areas and 0.88% in rural areas – it means the number of people using mobile phones is increasing at a greater rate in rural areas. It could be because – I cannot vouch for this – the urban market might be saturating in India and therefore the mobile phone companies and carriers aggressively promoting in rural areas.

Statewide distribution of mobile phone density in India

As you can see in the chart above, the greatest tele-density is in Delhi and the lowest is Bihar.

About Amrit Hallan
Amrit Hallan is the founder of TechBakBak.com. He writes about technology not because "he loves to write about technology", he actually believes that it makes the world a better place. On Twitter you can follow him at @amrithallan

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