India’s wireline subscriber base slips to 26.15 million

August 9, 2015

RaviLandline telephone connections in the country have fallen by over 15 per cent in the last two- and-a-half years to 26.15 million at the end of June this year, Parliament was informed. The number of landline phone connections declined to 26.15 million at the end of June, 2015 from 30.79 million as on December 31, 2012, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

The number of connections have declined steadily to 28.89 million (December, 2013), 27 million (December, 2014) to 26.15 million at the end of June, 2015, he added. The Minister said the main reasons for the decline in landline telephone connections are: tendency to shift to mobile services, high maintenance cost and frequent interruption due to cable damage resulting in quality of services being affected.

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