The telecommunications industry is a singular tale of success, thanks to the extent to which mobile phones have entered the lives of ordinary Indians. Low call rates have driven the subscriber base, which is now the fastest growing in the world.
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This revolution has been achieved in the relatively short span of a decade and a half and has been marked by controversy, the most recent being the raids conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation over licence allotments in January 2008. Here we present the people and the events that have marked the chequered growth and evolution of wireless telephony in India.
Source: Mint research
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