3G in India projected to reach 50 million subscribers by 2012

Research and Markets (Dublin, Ireland), a research firm, announced on Friday the addition of the “3G in India: Technology and Market Analysis” report to their offering. In the report it stated that by 2012, within three years of its launch, 3G services in India are projected to reach 50 million subscribers.

According to Research and Markets, the Indian telecom market has seen an average growth rate of 30% over the past few years, and today the number of mobile phone subscribers in the country stands at almost 600 million, with nearly half of India’s population subscribing to cellular services.

After the recently-concluded 3G spectrum auction, key telecom operators in the country including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, Idea Cellular, Tata Teleservices and Vodafone Essar are preparing to usher in the next generation communication, content and entertainment for telecom subscribers.

Soon after acquiring the license, Reliance Communications announced the roll out of its 3G services, providing Internet access, multimedia content download, instant messaging, chat services, and access to social networking sites and email to pre-paid and post-paid subscribers.

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