Telephone connections in the country have crossed the 1 billion mark, with mobile phones accounting for around 978 million, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Monday.
“In a population of 1.25 billion, we have got 980 million mobile connections, around 978 to be precise. We add 5-7 million new connections every month. Our phone connectivity has crossed 1 billion,” he said, while launching four telecom network products manufactured by state-run technology centre Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT), a unit under the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).
The minister said India has around 300 million internet connections and that the government has set a target to achieve 500 million connections in the next two years.
As per latest data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), total phone connections were 999.71 million at the end of April 30 this year. Wireless or mobile connections stood at 973.35 million in the reported month.
The government, under National Telecom Policy 2012, has set a target to provide affordable and reliable broadband-on- demand by 2015 and 600 million by the year 2020 at minimum 2 mbps (megabit per second) download speed.
The minister at the event launched long distance Wi-Fi system, solar-powered Wi-Fi system, 100 gbps OFC (optical fibre cable) link and C-DOT Next Generation Network in MTNL Network. The solar-powered Wi-Fi system can work in variable input voltages and in harsh conditions.