India has 231 million urban internet subscribers and 112 million rural internet subscribers, according to government data giving service area-wise break up of rural and urban internet subscriber base, as on march 2016.
Tamil Nadu has maximum number of urban internet subscribers with 21 million users contributing over 9% of the total subscribers in the country. Maharashtra and Delhi have almost identical numbers with a slight difference of just 1 lakh subscribers ranking second and third, respectively, with 19.7 million and 19.6 million users, followed by Karnataka with 17 million users.
This data betokens the fact that Tamil Nadu is uprising with fast growing cities and people are open to the availability of resources and socially interactive.
As far as the rural subscribers of our country are concerned, the vast area of people could contribute just one-third of total subscribers. There are 112 million rural subscribers, pegs the total internet subscriber base in India over 342 million users.
The telecom circle of UP East has the highest number of rural internet subscribers at 11.2 million and almost a matching number of urban users. Maharashtra and Andhra obtain second and third places with 9 million and 9.7 million subscribers respectively.
The government is processing to establish a humongous network infrastructure by connecting all 2.5 lakhs gram Panchayats through optical fibre, providing broadband connectivity by all categories of service providers in order to improve internet penetration in rural areas.
The ambitious project BharatNet (formerly National Optical Fibre Network Project) is planned to be implemented in three phases connecting over 1.5 lakh Panchayats and the total work is expected to get completed by 2023.
It is glad to hear that the government has set a platform for facilitating the penetration of internet all over the country.