I hate to say "I told you so," but I saw this one coming from a mile away. I've been preaching to almost anyone that will listen that India, in a very short time, will become a power in the electronics marketplace, both on the development and end-user sides of the equation.
The happenings in India follow a very similar path to what happened in China, and I expect similar results.
As a testament to that growth, here are some new statistics, recently released by the CDMA Development Group (CDG). The CDG is a trade association whose goal is to foster the worldwide development, implementation, and use of CDMA2000 technologies.
In the month of July, 1.59 million new subscribers were added, bringing the total number of CDMA wireless subscribers to 35.2 million. Hence, CDMA2000 accounts for 30% of the total wireless subscriber base in the country.
The CDG claims that much of the subscriber growth can be attributed to the CDMA operators' aggressive introduction of low-cost handsets. The group also maintains that CDMA2000 offers several advantages over competitive protocols, including open standards, interoperability, economies of scale, affordable handsets, removable user identity modules (SIM cards), and seamless global roaming.
If you haven't already made a significant investment in India, you'd better act fast, or you're going to miss the boat.