NEW DELHI (AP) India's last telegram went out late Sunday, marking the end of a service that provided millions of Indians with a fast and reliable mode of communication.

Hundreds of people thronged the 75 telegraph offices remaining in the country Sunday to send their last telegrams to friends or family as a keepsake.

Shameem Akhtar, a top official in the state-run telecommunications company, said Monday that it had increased staff at all telegram offices to handle the huge rush.

The company says declining revenues had forced the service to close. It had become redundant in an age of email, reliable landlines and ubiquitous cellphones.