The telecom sector continues to grow,in a steady phase. The total number of telephones increased from 206.8 million on 31 March 2007 to 926.95 million on 31 December 2011. Tele-density is an important indicator of telecom penetration in the country.
It has increased from 18.2 per cent in March 2007 to 76.8 per cent in December 2011.
Tele-density varies across areas and there is a significant urban-rural divide.
While it reached 167.4 per cent in the urban areas at the end of December 2011, rural tele-density was only 37.5 per cent.