India posted the world's largest sales of mobile phones to end users in the third quarter, helping the Asian market expand 26 percent, a global survey showed.
Sales of mobile phones using both CDMA and GSM technologies reached 24.5 million units during the three months ended September in the world's second-most populous nation, said the survey by market research firm Gartner.
That came out of overall mobile phone sales of 101.8 million units in the Asia-Pacific region.
"India's performance was driven by CDMA phones and fierce competition among operators of GSM networks, which stimulated sales of replacement phones and allowed operators to penetrate rural areas quickly," Gartner analyst Ann Liang (梁嘉鈴) said in a statement yesterday.
The number of Indian mobile phone subscribers passed the 200 million mark in August after another eight million customers were added that month, according to figures from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
The government is aiming for more than half a billion mobile phone subscribers by 2010.