Telecom Roundup: Foreigners can’t use mobile connections for more than 3 months in India

Foreigners can’t use mobile connections for more than 3 months: GoI
To curb misuse of mobile connections (sim cards), the government of India has ordered telecom service providers not to provide mobile connections for more than three months to any foreigner visiting India. In addition to that the proof for issuance of a mobile connection to any foreigner would be the passport having a valid visa. [source]

According to new guidelines, any mobile connection issued to a foreigner should not have validity beyond the validity of the visa. In case of foreign tourist, the validity of connection should not be beyond the visa period and also not exceed three months at a time even if the validity of the visa is beyond three months.

As far as address proof of a foreigner is concerned, the address of the local reference which may also be that of the tour operator shall be taken and in case there is no local reference, the address of stay can be accepted.

The new guidelines issuing a mobile connection to the foreigners appear in the light of instances where SIM cards used by foreigners were found active and misused by some of the people even after their departure from the country.

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India and China contributes 40 % of overall global new mobile connections in Q2

Nearly 40 percent of overall global mobile connections were owned by India and China during quarter 2 this year, according to a report by Ericson. India and China added around 20 million and 40 million subscriptions respectively of the estimated 140 million net additions globally. [via]

The report also mentions that there is strong appetite for smartphone uptake by consumers in all regions. Approximately 40 per cent of all mobile phones sold in Q2 were smartphones, compared to around 30 per cent for the full year 2011. However, there is only 15 per cent of the global installed base of subscriptions is for smartphones.

Meanwhile, mobile broadband subscriptions have grown around 60 per cent year-on-year and have reached above 1.2 billion. Mobile data traffic doubled between Q2 2011 and Q2 2012, while the voice traffic continues to grow at a steady rate, mainly driven by new subscriptions in Asia Pacific and Middle East and Africa.

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