According to latest Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) numbers, tele-density in the country stood at 79.58 percent in June 2012, which is simply phenomenal compared to the tele-density of 0.8 in 1994 before the telecom sector was liberalized.
Even then, objectives of the two telecom policies have only partly been realized. While the urban tele-density stood at a whopping 169.03 percent, the rural tele-density was still far behind at 40.66 percent.
While rural tele-density has gradually increased over a period of time and so has the share of rural subscribers in the overall telecom subscriber base, there still is a yawning gap between the urban and rural tele-densities.
While we have come far enough, we still have a long way to go. And our thought processes need to be guided by our next telecom milestones.
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