100% FDI is allowed in telecom sector (of this upto 49% is allowed through the automatic route and beyond 49% under government route).
The Telecom industry in India is the second-largest in the world with a subscriber base of over 1.2 bn.
The industry has witnessed exponential growth over the last few years primarily driven by affordable tariffs, wider availability, roll-out of Mobile Number Portability (MNP), expanding 3G and 4G coverage, evolving consumption patterns of subscribers and a conducive regulatory environment.
Indian smartphone users consume maximum data in the world at 9.8 GB per month.
100% FDI is allowed in the Telecom, wherein upto 49% is allowed through the automatic route and beyond 49% under government route.
For further details, please refer FDI Policy
Contribution to India’s GDP
No. of smart cities
Indian Mobile industry contributed over $ 140 bn to India's GDP in 2015
Digital India is expected to create $ 1.3 tn business opportunity by 2020
Number of internet users in India is expected to reach 829 mn by 2021
The Telecommunications industry is divided into following subsectors: Infrastructure, Equipment, Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MNVO), White Space Spectrum, 5G, Telephone service providers and Broadband.
According to a study by GSMA, smartphones are expected to account for two out of every three mobile connections globally, making India the fourth largest smartphone market by 2020. India is expected to lead in the growth of smartphone adoption globally with an estimated net addition of 350 mn by 2020.
Telecom tower in India is set to boom as its tenancy ration will increase from 1.95 times in 2016 to 2.9 times by 2020 due to the expansion of 3G and 4G and the onset of 5G technologies.
More than 70 companies have received approval from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to provide MVNO services. The majority of these companies are focused on Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities
Nominal per capita income recorded a CAGR of 10.4% during 2012-17
Mobile value-added service industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 18.5% during the period 2015-2020 and reach US $23.0 Billion by 2022
268 mobile and mobile components manufacturing units set up across the country
The government announced Phased Manufacturing Program (PMP) to promote domestic production of mobile handsets
Optical fiber cables laid over 100,000 gram panchayats
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