ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Compendium on the Indian Telecommunications Industry

The Telecom Revolution in India: Technology, Regulation and Policy by Varadharajan Sridhar (New Delhi: Oxford University Press), 2012; pp xviii +342, price not stated.

The growth performance of telecommunications services has been an astounding success if success is defined in terms of both the cost of that service and its availability. The number of telephones in the country has increased from a paltry five million as on 31 March 1991 to almost 951 million by the end of March 2012. The density of telephones (an important indicator of development) has increased during this period from less than one telephone per 100 people to ­almost 80 telephones per 100 people. Although two-thirds of these telephones are still in urban areas, the rural-urban divide in the availability of phones has been steadily falling. Avail­ability is also translating itself into lower costs: India is believed to have one of the cheapest telephone services in the world and this has proved very beneficial to its information technology (IT) services industry, which depends to a large extent on good communications infrastructure.

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