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Cell phone subscriptions surge in India

Of the 140 million phone service subscriptions, 90 million are for cell phones, according to the Indian government.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has announced that 41.26 million Indians have subscribed to phone service since the beginning of 2005. Of the 5.33 million phone people who subscribed to phone service in March 2006, 94 percent were solely for mobile phones, bringing the number of Indians with phone service to 140 million. Of those phones, 36 percent are land lines and 64 percent are cell phones. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India also announced today that 1.3 million Indians have broadband connections.

To put this in perspective, as of December 2005 more than 2 billion people in the world had cell phones, according to Informa Telecoms and Media statistics released in