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Mumbai, Jan. 18

THE TARGET of 200 million mobile subscribers by 2007 will be revised upward given India's growth in mobile telephony, said Dr J.S. Sarma, Secretary, Department of Telecommunication, and Chairman, Telecom Commission. By the end of 2005, the country had 75 million mobile subscribers.

The Bharat Nirman programme, which envisages connecting every village by 2009, will achieve this target by the end of the current year itself, he said, while delivering the keynote address at the GSM 3G conference here.

The government was looking at various policy measures to reduce tariffs, he said. But he did not specify the measures that would be taken.

Over the next few months, one can expect a lot of action on the spectrum fund as well, said Dr Sarma. `Project Definition', which has been set up to study spectrum issues, would be submitting its report on January 20, he said. This will lead to the release of spectrum from the Defence.

In addition, extra unutilised spectrum lying with State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd may also be released, he said.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated January 19, 2006)
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