Launching four telecom network products made by C-DOT, the state-run technology centre, here on Monday, Union Minister of Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said the nation’s telephone connectivity has crossed the one billion mark.
Prasad was speaking after launching a long distance Wi-Fi system, a solar-powered Wi-Fi system, a 100 Gbps OFC (optical fibre cable) link and C-DOT Next Generation Network in MTNL Network.
“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 one billion,” he told media.
Currently, India has around 300 million internet connections and by 2017, would have 500 million connections, he said.
As per latest TRAI data available till April 30 this year, there are 999.71 million landline telephone connections and 973.35 million mobile connections.
The long distance Wi-Fi system is capable of providing 100 Mbps broadband speed to users of distant and hilly terrain locations. The solar-powered Wi-Fi system can work in variable input voltages and in harsh conditions.
Prasad said he was confident about the government’s Digital India becoming a reality with a simultaneous boost to local manufacturing.