Sridhar points out that 10 years ago there were four phones for every 1.000 people in India. Today, that number is 12.73 phones for every 100 people. A couple of primary drivers fueling this boom in Indian telecom is the introduction of cellular phones and the new fiber optic connectivity that has been laid in various parts of the country.
Plain Old Telephones (POT) grew by 3 million in the last 5 years, while the growth in cell phones has exploded for the same period. According to Sridhar every month since January 2006 there have been 4.5 million new cell phone subscribers added. Currently there are about 90 million cell phone subscribers in India, which is the fastest growing mobile market in the world. Sridhar discusses the disparity between the growth in POT and cell phones.
In spite of this rapid growth, the teledensity in India is low because of the lack of phone lines in rural India. In contrast, the metro cities have a penetration of 40%.
Sridhar also discusses how people in India are accessing broadband, and what is the number of total Internet users in India. Broadband in India is defined as connectivity at 256 kbps.
Sridhar has a BS (Telecom) from University of Mysore and has an MBA from University of Oklahoma. He has spent the last 13 years working in various Telecom companies including IntelliNet Technologies, Xybridge Technologies Inc (later acquired by Zhone Technologies), and others. He started Tonse Telecom in September 2005.
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