July 27 2020

India has the world’s 2nd largest mobile market

Source: Invest India

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.

  • Total number of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) connections is expected to reach 1.4 bn by 2020 from 1.1 bn in 2017
  • Telecom industry contribution to GDP is expected to reach 8.2% by 2020 from 6.5% in 2017
  • 4mn total employment
  • 525 mn+Smartphone users
  • 100: No. of smart cities

The market:

  • 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


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 referĀ FDI Policy