Views | Policy lessons from the 3G failure2 min read . Updated: 11 Apr 2012, 01:48 PM IST
Views | Policy lessons from the 3G failure
Telecom minister Kapil Sibal’s statement about 3G (third generation telecom services) not succeeding in India is true, and it is worrying at multiple levels. At last count India had around 10 million people who had subscribed to 3G services. It also had around 900 million 2G (or 2.5G) mobile connections. Applying a discounting factor of 20% (non-active connections for a variety of reasons), we still arrive at a total of 720 million active mobile phone connections of which 10 million are 3G ones, a proportion of 1.4%.
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