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India had 14.54 million landlines in 1997 and the number has grown to only 32.17 million by 2012. On the other hand, the country had only 0.34 million mobiles in 1997, which has now grown to 919.18 million by 2012.

Growth of mobile phones in India

Hockey stick growth of mobile phones in India

Fall of Landline telephones in India

Fall of Landline telephones in India

What’s interesting is that landline telephones continued to increase till the year 2002-03 and has been on a continuous decline since then (except for year 2006-07).

At the end of March Landline telephones Mobile telephones Total telephones
1997 14.54 0.34 14.88
1998 17.8 0.88 18.68
1999 21.61 1.2 22.81
2000 26.65 1.88 28.53
2001 32.7 3.58 36.28
2002 38.29 6.68 44.97
2003 41.32 13.29 54.61
2004 40.92 35.61 76.53
2005 41.42 56.95 98.37
2006 40.22 101.87 142.09
2007 40.77 165.09 205.86
2008 39.41 261.08 300.49
2009 37.96 391.76 429.72
2010 36.96 584.32 621.28
2011 34.73 811.6 846.33
2012 32.17 919.18 951.35

* All figures are in million.

As a technology with massive access, what do you think could have helped Landline business grow in the times of mobile devices? Will this gap further increase, now that the government is mulling plans to give away free phones to poor populace?Image

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