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India to hit half a billion mobile subs this year

India's telecoms minister Andimuthu Raja predicts that the country will hit 500 million mobile subscribers during 2009.

Raja made the comments on Thursday at an industry conference, Dow Jones Newswires reported.

The country's previous target saw it reaching the half-billion mark in 2010.

According to the latest figures from the TRAI, India's total mobile customer base stood at 456.74 million at the end of August, with over 15 million new subscribers having been added during that month.

If it maintains that level of customer addition, India should break the 500 million barrier in November.
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