The Indian telecom wireless industry has come a long way since its inception and presently seconds China in terms of total subscriber base. FY13 saw a fall in the subscriber base for the very first time since January 2001, as the operators started shading away the inactive subscribers from their total subscriber base and then stabilized slowly in FY14. Although nearly 70% of Indian population resides in Rural areas, they contribute around a third of total subscribers. Teledensity in urban areas have been hovering above 100% whereas the same is closer to 40% in rural areas. Rural areas, therefore, offer a greater scope for the operators looking to widen their subscriber base reach whereas urban areas have potential for greater data offtake. Wireless telephony in India has been dominated by GSM while CDMA subscriber base is eroding fast. Indian telecom space is characterized by higher composition of prepaid subscribers low ARPU and lower RPMs on account of hyper competition and low data usage. 3G has been witnessing some pick up over last couple of years and is expected to grow more with rising penetration of smartphones. India is poised for big 4G launches in CY2014, marking its entry into LTE-FDD in 1800 MHz, in addition to current LTE-TDD in 2300 MHz.
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