Expansion and Improvement of Telecommunication Services

The details, of the physical and financial targets set and achieved for expansion and improvement of telecommunication services in the country during the Eleventh Five Year Plan as per   11th Plan document of the Planning Commission, are as given below:



To reach a telecom subscriber base of 600 million. Target has been achieved. Total number of telephone connections (up to March 2012): 951.34 million (wireless: 919.17 million and wireline: 32.17 million).
To provide 100 million rural telephone connections by 2010 and reach 200 million connections by 2012, that is, achieve a rural tele-density of 25 per cent Target has been achieved. A total of 200.81 million rural connections were provided by 2010.  The number of rural connections and rural teledensity at the close March 2012 was 330.82 million and 39.26 per cent respectively.
To provide a telephone connection on demand across the country at an affordable price as envisaged in the Broadband Policy, 2004.

 Target achieved

To provide a broadband connection on demand across the country by 2012 Programme has been initiated.  Total number of broadband connections up to March 2012 was 13.81 million
To facilitate introduction of mobile TV Introduced on an experimental basis in Mumbai and Delhi
To make India a hub for telecom equipment manufacturing by facilitating establishment of telecom- specific Special Economic Zones


During Eleventh Plan the capital investment in the telecom sector is around Rs. 830,000 crore.  Further Nokia, Motorola, Flextronics and Foxconn have set up SEZ units in the country for manufacturing mobile handsets.
Establishing Telecom Centres of Excellence (TCoEs) in premier educational institutions and other reputed organizations in the country in the PPP mode. Under Telecom Development and Investment Promotion (TDIP), 7 TCoEs have been set up in the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode in various areas of the telecom sector.

With a vision to provide secure, reliable, affordable and high quality converged telecommunication services anytime, anywhere for an accelerated inclusive socio-economic development, National Telecom Policy-2012 (NTP-12) has been approved by the Government.  The NTP-12 contains the objectives and strategies to achieve this vision. 

This information was given by Shri Milind Deora, Minister of State for C&IT a written reply to a question inRajya   Sabha today.


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