India government has revealed its achievements in the Indian telecom sector in 2021.
Total telephone connections rose to 118.9 crore in September 2021 from 93 crore in March 2014, with a growth of 28 percent. The number of mobile connections reached 1165.97 million in September 2021. The tele-density has reached 86.89 percent in September 2021.
Urban telephone connections rose to 66 crores in September 2021. The rural tele-density jumped to 59 percent in September 2021.
Internet connections jumped 2014 to 83.37 crore in June 2021.
Broadband connections rose 79 crores in June 2021.
Average revenue realization per subscriber per GB wireless data reduced to Rs. 9.8 in June 2021.
Average monthly data consumption per wireless data subscriber increased to 14 GB in June 2021.
The number of Mobile Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) increased from 8 lakh in 2014 to 23 lakhs in 2021.
The number of mobile towers increased from 4 lakh in 2014 to 6.6 lakh in 2021.
The BharatNet project is being implemented in a phased manner to provide broadband connectivity to all the Gram Panchayats (approx. 2.6 lakh GPs) in the country. The Phase-I has been completed in December 2017 covering over 1 lakh GPs.
In 2021 (01.1.2021 to 31.10.2021), 17,232 GPs have been made Service Ready of which 16,344 GPs are on Optical Fiber Cable and 888 GPs are on satellite media.
As on 01.11.2021, out of the remaining Gram Panchayats to be connected under BharatNet Phase-II, a total of 1,79,247 GPs have been connected by laying 5,52,514 km Optical Fibre Cable (OFC), out of which 1,61,870 GPs are Service Ready.
In addition, 4218 GPs have been connected over satellite media taking the number of total Service Ready GPs to 1,66,088.
The scope of BharatNet has been extended to reach all villages in the country.
Government accorded approval for a revised strategy for implementation of BharatNet through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model in 16 States of the country covering about 3.61 lakh villages (including 1.37 lakh GPs).
Telecom Service Providers such as Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea have established 5G trials sites in Gurugram, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Delhi, Jamnagar, Ahmadabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Pune, Gandhi Nagar cities. These metros and big cities would be the first places for launch of 5G services in the country, next year.