Tele density and mobile number portability in India


Are you wondering about what is Teledensity in India? What is the actual meaning of teledensity in India and how does it affect the mobile number portability feature to keep the same number and change the service for mobile networks? Read this article to know more about the subject.

One can witness in the coming new year, India may surpass an unthinkable landmark, it is astonishingly half a billion wireless connections, this figure puts India in the second place next to China, the most cell phone users in the world.

It is estimated that around 550 million figures will India see as total telephone connections including the two fixed line and wireless, in term of teledensity, this word frame is used to calculate phone connections per 100 population, nearly around 45% in total and an astonishing figure of nearing to 97% in urban areas and teledensity in the rural areas is estimated at 18%.

By the end of the October, this year India has seen 488.40 million wireless connections, and in that phase it has already crossed half a billion so for, but this may exclude the subscribers who owns more than one SIM cards, though they may not use all of them at the same time, it is learnt that around 6 millions subscribers are joining this bandwagon of mobile telephony every year. The main reason for such an rapid growth in mobile telephony users is reduction in the call charges, and affordability of mobile sets, as it has drastically come down, at present more than 65% of users are depend on GSM, but it was not so in the earlier years, it was half way in the number of users are concerned, as there was a stiff competition between CDMA and GSM networks.

Few figures have shown that subscribers in India are opting for wireless connections, which also includes mobile service, as the fixed landline connections has been dropped drastically to 37.25 million phones, as the wireless and mobile technology is the most preferred technology among the masses, for its clear advantage in voice and data communications, but the broadband user in India is still an abysmally very low as it stood at 7.5 millions users, as it was predicted by the technologists as the failure of telecom policies, as this has pushed the figures to such a low one.

But the government has express its concern about the divide over digital usage of mobile telephone between the urban and rural, as the present aim of the government is to double its customers in short period of time, promoting certain facilities only to rural areas.

In spite of all these the telephony business trend has seen a increasing line though we can say a remarkable one, since last two years, as this industry has seen several litigations and controversies, which ultimately made the telecom industry and the government on separate sides, as this division was due to some spectrum policies, its tariffs and moreover the entry of new competitors.

At present India has witness so for about 13-14 operators, who are providing wireless connectivity, mostly in mobile technology covering around 22 service areas, out of these only 8 or 9 are at present operational and the remaining are in a way obligated to start their service just to meet rollout obligations.

From a source it was learnt that the government has earned around 8,307.85 crores form telecom companies in the name of license fee for the year 2008-09. Few experts have also opined that the invasion of 3G telephony the services like m-learning is about to become a game learning strategy. The next project to launch to please the mobiles user is radio bandwidth for 3G spectrum.

In a country of ours the usability of handsets is also better used, due to the knowledge adopted by the users, and it has pushed them to use the mobile commerce, that is usage of the plastic card [credit and debit cards] has been minimized. This has become a way of life now a days. As any one can expect any type of considerations in the cost value of talk time or in messaging time, from network providers as the competition has reached the peak level. A new idea of an operator will be followed by others, and ultimate beneficiary is the user, which is a good sign.

Mobile number portability



This is the latest trend to make subscribers base further in an enhanced way, mobile number portability in terms of simple usage, this system will allow its subscribers to retain the same number, even though they changes the network, which means they can switch over to other networks by retaining the existing numbers.

It is assumed that this mobile number portability on a pilot basis first will be introduced in four cities they are Delhi, Mumbai, Maharashtra & Gujarat Service Areas of Zone-1 and Kolkata, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai, AP and Karnataka) which starts from December 31st and in other cities from March 20th, 2010.

Though this facility looks good, but it comes with a charge and it is guessed at between Rs.200 to Rs.400 per month per connection. But later it was confirmed by the TRAI as the consumers has to pay not more than Rs.19/- per connection to avail this facility, subscriber who wants to change the network has to approach the desired network service operator to port your existing number, this facility is also available for pre-paid service customers. Donor operator will not be able to use the ported out number till it is in use by the ported subscriber. Sometimes this facility of porting a number to another service provider as transferring his number from one provider to another as the existing number will be detached from existing service provider to new service provider, and the TRAI has fixed this portability time as it should not exceed more than 2 hours.


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