Fiber deployment in India has surged over the past two years, according to a new KMI report, "Single-Mode Optical Fiber & Cable in India." Following India's adoption of its "New Telecom Policy" in 1999, domestic demand for optical fiber and cable has increased dramatically. As fiberoptic cable demand began to tumble in North America and Europe in late 2000, India was experiencing a boom. At the end of 1995, India had cumulatively installed 283,600 fiber-km, and by the end of 2000, cumulative installations were 2.5 million fiber-km. By the end of 2002, cumulative installations had more than doubled to 6.7 million fiber-km. In 2002, India ranked fourth in global demand, just behind Japan, the U.S. and China.
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