India now has more than 911 million mobile subscribers, trying to catch up with China
There’s a race going on in the developing world. It’s the race to add as many mobile users in as little time as possible, and it’s being fought by the world’s two most populous countries, China and India.
Recently we let you know that China won the ‘first to one billion’ prize, according to official numbers. But the race is far from over, and as it turns out, India is quite close to China in terms of the total number of mobile customers.
India ended February with 911.17 million people having a mobile connection, and the total number of telephone subscribers in India (including landlines) was at 943.49 million. The data comes from the Telecom Regularity Authority of India (TRAI), so it’s as official as it can be.
It will be interesting to see which of these two countries first makes it to 1.1 billion mobile customers, and even beyond that. It’s not impossible. Even with the aforementioned numbers, India’s overall teledensity is only at 78.1%. So there’s still plenty of room for growth, especially considering that the density is way over 100% in some ‘developed’ markets already.