India Feels More Shockwaves From The So-called 2G Scandal'
India continues to be one of the fastest growing major telecom markets in the world. It is also one of the largest. Sweeping reforms introduced by successive Indian governments over the last decade have dramatically changed the nature of telecommunications in the country. The mobile sector has grown from around 10 million subscribers in 2002 to pass the 900 million subscriber mark by early 2012 and the market was continuing to grow. The boom in the country's mobile industry is expected to continue at least into the medium term, despite the dramatic events surrounding the licensing of mobile operators. By early 2012 the impact of the unfolding scandal over the awarding of 2G licences in 2008 was looking grim for both India and its mobile telephone sector. They cancellation of some 122 mobile licences having been the direction of the Supreme Court decision on the case, the subsequent responses of the industry regulators are key to the future shape of the industry in India.
- Through 2011 and into 2012, growth in India's mobile market was continuing, but more modestly than in previous years;
- By January 2012 the country around 900 million mobile subscribers, for a penetration of 74%;
- The mobile market was continuing to expand at an annual rate in excess of 20% into 2011;
- GSM was strengthening its position as the dominant mobile technology with 85% of the mobile subscriber market, as CDMA slipped further behind;
- The number of broadband Internet subscribers is finally on the increase, reaching 13.3 million for a penetration of 1.1% by population by end-2011;
- DSL, whilst holding around 85% of the local broadband market, was steadily losing market share to other non-DSL broadband platforms, especially to wireless broadband platforms;
- After auctioning 3G spectrum licences in 2010, India was finally witnessing the large scale roll-out of 3G networks by operators across the country;
- The 3G auction delivered US$14.6 billion in revenue to the government and was certainly an unqualified success in this respect;
- An equally high profile auction of wireless broadband spectrum followed the 3G auction in 2010 and pumped even more energy into an already invigorated wireless broadband market;
- This auction raised another US$8.2 billion in revenue for the government
ABOUT THIS REPORT
This report 17th Edition provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in the telecommunications and digital media markets in India.
- Key statistics;
- Market and industry overviews;
- Regulatory environment;
- Major players (fixed and mobile);
- Infrastructure development - national and international;
- Digital media;
- Mobile voice and data market;
- Internet, including VoIP and IPTV;
- Broadband services;
- Regulatory environment;
- Telecom market forecasts for selected segments/years to 2020.