India will start selling the first mobile phone in the country in 2017, an industry source has told the Hindustan Times.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the first device, a 5-inch handset, would be launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on April 15.
The first phone in India, the industry source said, will be sold by an Indian company that is already making the phones in the region.
India will also be the first country to introduce a national standard for wireless broadband internet, the source added.
The Indian government has set up a task force on mobile communications to identify the issues that are affecting its internet access and its telecom network, the sources said.