Maharashtra tops list of internet subscribers, Himachal Pradesh comes in last

Data showed that out of the over 342 million subscribers, more than 67 per cent are from urban India.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:November 20, 2016 11:29 am
internet, internet usage india, internet users india, internet usage maharashtra, internet usage himachal pradesh Himachal Pradesh had the lowest number of subscribers at 3.02 million.. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

Maharashtra has the highest number of internet subscribers in the country at 29.47 million, followed by states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

According to government data, India had a total of 342.65 million internet subscribers at the end of March, 2016. Tamil Nadu had 28.01 million subscribers, while its neighbours Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka had 24.87 million and 22.63 million, respectively.

Himachal Pradesh had the lowest number of subscribers at 3.02 million.

Data showed that out of the over 342 million subscribers, more than 67 per cent are from urban India. The rural internet subscriber base stood at 111.94 million at the end of FY16.

Tamil Nadu has the highest number of urban subscribers at 21.16 million, while UP (East) telecom circle leads in terms of rural internet customer base at 11.21 million.

At the end of March, Delhi had 20.59 million internet users, while Mumbai and Kolkata had 15.65 million and 9.26 million, respectively.

The government plans to enable more people to log on to the web.

BharatNet project aims to connect all 2.5 lakh gram panchayats in the country through broadband.

This will be done by using an optimal mix of underground fibre over powerlines, radio and satellite which will be shared by all categories of service providers on a non-discriminatory basis.

The project is planned to be implemented in three phases. In the first phase, 1 lakh gram panchayats are to be connected by laying underground optical fibre cable by March 2017.

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    PIYUSH
    Nov 25, 2016 at 1:06 pm
    misleading reports ,compare percentage of potion with internet users, its 50 % for Himachal where as Maharashtra had only 3% of potion which have internet access
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    Somesh Goyal
    Nov 22, 2016 at 2:28 pm
    The analysis is not complete and ignores some vital understanding. Himachal has almost 50% of its potion using internet whereas Maharashtra provides access to just a meagre 25% of its potion.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Any strategy should not look at absolute numbers but penetration among potion. The story writer should have seen the data in the right perspective and found out the laggards and not make a frontrunner like Himachal a laggard!
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    vishal sapehia
    Nov 22, 2016 at 4:14 am
    Rural area users will increase provided ISPs reach out in their far flung areas. Signal strength is very poor at most hinterlands, let it be hills or deserts...
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    viveik
    Nov 20, 2016 at 12:42 pm
    30 lakh internet subscibers in Himachal out of a 68 lakh potion is half of the state !! Why is Himachal Last ?
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