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India has 70 mobile subscriptions per 100 people – mostly pre-paid

India has 70 mobile subscriptions per 100 people growing at a phenomenal rate, and 96% of the mobile phones subscribers are prepaid users. This has been revealed in the World Bank Report “Information and Communications for Development 2012: Maximizing Mobile” released this Tuesday.

Some of the other statistics published in the report indicate that the number of mobile phones in use has skyrocketed from less then 1 billion in 2000 to 6 billion in 2012, and three-quarters of the world’s population now have access to a mobile phone.

Mobile communication has arguably had a bigger impact on humankind in a shorter period of time than any other invention in human history, says the report.

The growth prospects of smartphones is like never seen before, with more than 30 billion apps were downloaded in the year 2011 only. Recently as per a CyberMedia Research Report, total handset sales exceeds the 50 million mark for the first time in the quarter ending March. In this smartphones accounted for mere 5.3%, yet under 2.7 million units of these have been sold. The cost of smartphones today is reduced to almost less than INR 5000, which is an important factor popularizing these devices.

Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare said yesterday that India is the second-largest mobile phone user with over 900 million users in the world. It accounted for over 10% of the world’s online population in 2011.

Mobile is gradually becoming the forefront of all sorts of communication including Internet as well as data, says the World Bank report. The report also had some valid findings that stated developing countries to be more “mobile” than the developed ones.

Some interesting statistics from the report are:

  • 96% of the mobile phones subscribers are prepaid users.
  • Cellphone networks currently cover 83% of Indian.
  • 53% of households own a mobile phone in India, which largely is in metros, tier 1 and 2 cities.
  • Indian mobile users speak for 330 minutes per month on average, or 11 minutes per day.  This is at par with most of the averages in other countries.
  • Only 3.3% of mobile users have access to the Internet on 2G & 3G networks.
  • Just under half of Indians use text messages on a regular basis.
  • India’s price per minute use is the lowest possible at $0.01.
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