India Landline Accounts Fall 22% Last 5 Years

The number of landline telephone connections in India has shrunk 21.6 per cent in the last over the last five years, falling to 25.22 million in 2016, compared to 32.17 million lines in 2012, By the beginning of 2017, connections had fallen further to 24.34 million.

That “drastic” fall should come as no surprise. That trend has been in place since 2012, when analysts at Gartner predicted that, from 2012 to 2016, fixed voice revenue would decline by 25 percent. And the same trend has been seen in many other markets.

In substantial part, that is because--as happened in other markets--consumers switched to use of mobile phones for voice communications. In the U.S. market, voice lines peaked in 2000 or 2001, and the only issue now is whether a stable base eventually will be reached.
Such declines in voice are not unusual. It is easy to argue that peak messaging (the carrier text messaging market) likewise is past peak adoption. Some might warn that although mobile service provider revenue continues to grow, it now expands at less than the growth of gross national product.
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