India now has over 1 billion mobile users

It's the second country to reach the milestone after China.

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Devindra Hardawar
December 30th, 2015
In this article: gadgetry, gadgets, gear, India, mobile
AP Photo/Altaf Qadri
AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

Just as we've been expecting for a while, India has joined China in the billion-user mobile club. India's total number of mobile subscribers reached 1.03 billion in October, Bloomberg reports, based on a statement from the country's telecom regulatory agency. With a total population of around 1.25 billion, India is the second-most populous country in the world after China, so it's not a huge surprise to see it follow its neighbor with this milestone. India has around 12 mobile carriers fighting for dominance, the largest of which (Bharti Airtel) has over 200 million users. In comparison, the biggest American carrier, Verizon Wireless, has around 137.5 million subscribers.

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