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The Indian telecom industry has grown rapidly during the last few years but has witnessed a substantial fall in growth more recently. India has the third largest.

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HistoryTelephone services in India begun in a small scale with the commissioning of a 50-line manual telephone exchange in 1882 in Kolkata. This was less than five years after the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell. India had approx. 82,000 telephone connections at the time of independence (1947) and by 1984 the number of connections had slowly risen to 3.05 million. India's telecom network was notoriously unreliable and only available to a small section of households along with the corporate sector. The telecom sector was a government monopoly until 1994 when liberalisation gradually took place. Cellular service was launched in November 1995 in Kolkata.Expanding NetworkThe Indian telecom industry has grown rapidly during the last few years but has witnessed a substantial fall in growth more recently. India has the third largest (based on the total number of fixed/mobile subscriber lines) telecom network in the world and the second largest mobile network with 934 million subscribers while the total number of telephone lines amounted to 965 m at the end of June 2012. While subscriber volumes continue to grow in the larger urban areas, the maximum growth potential lies within rural India comprising of over 600,000 villages and well below average teledensity levels. Coverage is increasing rapidly, eg Reliance Mobile's network covers 400,000 villages and 14,000 towns across India as of Feb '09. Revenue from fixed and mobile services amounted to an estimated R

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