1851 First operational land lines were laid by the government near Calcutta.
1881 Telephone services introduced in India.
1883 Merger with postal system.
1923 Formation of Indian radio Telegraph Company.
1932 Merger of ETC and IRT into Indian Radio and Cable Communication Company.
1947 Nationalization of all foreign telecommunication companies to form the posts,telephone and telegraph, a monopoly run by the government’s ministry of communications.
1985 Department of telecommunication established , an exclusive provider of domestic and long-distance services that would be its own regulator.
1986 Conversion of dot into two wholly government – owned companies the VSNLfor international telecommunication and MTNL for services in metropolitan areas.
1997 Telecom regulatory authority created.Telecommunication is important not only because of its role in bringing the benefits of communication to every corner of India but also in serving the new policy objectives of improving the global competitiveness of the Indian economy and stimulating and attractingforeign direct investment. Indian Telecom industry is one of the fastest growing telecommarkets in the world. In telecom industry, service providers are the main drivers; whereasequipment manufacturers are witnessing growth and decline in successive quarters as sales isdependent on order undertaken by the companies.Today the Indian telecommunications network with over 375 Million subscribers is secondlargest network in the world after China. India is also the fastest growing telecom market inthe world with an addition of 9- 10 million monthly subscribers. The teledensity of theCountry has increased from 18% in 2006 to 33% in December 2008, showing a stupendousannual growth of about 50%, one of the highest in any sector of the Indian Economy. TheDepartment of Telecommunications has been able to provide state of the art world-classinfrastructure at globally competitive tariffs and reduce the digital divide by extendingconnectivity to the unconnected areas.India has emerged as a major base for the telecom industry worldwide. Thus Indian telecomsector has come a long way in achieving its dream of providing affordable and effectivecommunication facilities to Indian citizens. As a result common man today has access to this
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