India's tryst with the digital is an extensive project and while much media attention is given to flagship projects, the story is also of marginalized peoples, in cities, appropriating digital leaks, using the digital and thereby contributing to the digital economy. It is this battle between enclosing the digital and extending access to it that makes the story of the digital in India an exciting one.
Digital India is a case study-based, critical introduction to the theory and practice of the digital in social change. The volume—with its chapters on telecommunications, software, mobile telephony, e-governance, ICT4D, software patenting, public sector software and cultural piracy—offers an entry point into an understanding of the contested nature of the digital in India via an analysis of theory and practice.
Chapter 3: Mobile Phones in India: Issues Related to Access and Use
Mobile Phones in India: Issues Related to Access and Use
The extraordinary growth of mobile phones in India has earned a number of column inches in the popular and business press. In this regard, Rajendran (2010) makes a very pertinent observation, stated as follows:
In 1995, when private operators launched their services, the number of mobile subscribers in India was 77,000. In 2000, that count stood at 3.6 million—a 116 per cent CAGR (compound annual growth rate). Since then, thanks largely to competition and increasing affordability among consumers, the sector has grown manifold. According to data released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), at the end of June 2010, India had 653 million mobile connections, with ...