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Mobile Phones – India Houses More Mobile Phones than Toilets

Friday, April 16th, 2010

A recent United Nations study within India revealed that the entire Indian population has greater access to mobile phones than toilets – highlighting the growth of mobile technology whilst pinpointing sanitation issues.

At the last count the number of mobile phones subscribers in India totalled 563.73 million serving almost 50 percent of the country’s entire population. Somewhat worryingly in comparison, only a third of the population had direct access to proper sanitation in 2008.

UN University Director, Zafar Adeel said: “It is a tragic irony to think in India, a country now wealthy enough that roughly half of the people own phones,” so many people “cannot afford the basic necessity and dignity of a toilet.”