Postal network

India’s is the largest postal network in India. It was in the second half of the 18th century that modern postal system was introduced in India. India’s postal network connects thousands of the country’s villages to its towns and cities. According to official statistics, there are 155,516 post offices, of which 139,120 are in villages (2005).

India’s first telegraph line was set up in 1851 in Calcutta. Indian Railway started using the telegraph-telephone facilities from 1900. The largest telecommunication company in India is the public sector Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). Private sector service providers are also there in the field. India’s is the world’s tenth largest telecom network.