The Government of India has released a statewise list of broadband subscribers in India, as on 31st October 2008. We compared the numbers with those for around a year ago, which were released in March 2008.

Important: Please note that this does not include the number of dialup Internet users in India, which at last count, was at 11.6 million subscribers. More details here.

Statewise Broadband Subscribers In India

STATE/TELECOM CIRCLE

31st Oct 2008

31st Dec 2007

Growth
(10 Months)

% Growth
 (10 months)

Andaman & Nicobar

2,282

964

1,318

136.72%

Andhra Pradesh

400,663

234,099

166,564

71.15%

Assam

31,456

12,475

18,981

152.15%

Bihar 
(incl Jharkhand)

63,305

37,278

26,027

69.82%

Delhi*

588,716

409,057

179,659

43.92%

Gujarat

322,656

188,628

134,028

71.05%

Haryana

88,558

40,218

48,340

120.19%

Himachal Pradesh

20,981

6,693

14,288

213.48%

Jammu & Kashmir

19,538

9,597

9,941

103.58%

Karnataka

569,057

331,937

237,120

71.44%

Kerala

249,909

140,306

109,603

78.12%

Maharashtra 
(incl Goa)

934,351

654,308

280,043

42.80%

Madhya Pradesh (incl Chhattisgarh)

168,951

80,738

88,213

109.26%

North East**

14,202

4,856

9,346

192.46%

Orissa

48,350

20,973

27,377

130.53%

Punjab

182,953

106,892

76,061

71.16%

Rajasthan

145,449

57,934

87,515

151.06%

Tamil Nadu

644,912

406,654

238,258

58.59%

Uttar Pradesh (incl Uttarakhand)

238,791

110,641

128,150

115.83%

West Bengal

246,896

165,273

81,623

49.39%

TOTAL

4,981,976

3,019,521

1,962,455

64.99%

*  Delhi includes Noida, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Faridabad.
* North East includes Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland & Tripura


Some points to ponder:
— Top 5 States account for majority connections: The internet penetration is lop sided in favour of a few circles: Andhra Pradesh (8.04%), Delhi (11.82%), Karnataka (11.42%), Maharashtra & Goa (18.75%) and Tamil Nadu (12.94%) together account for 3,137,699 broadband subscribers, which is 62.98% of the total base. 
— High Percentage Growth, Low Base: 64.99% growth in broadband lines is promising, but the growth is still on a low base of 3.019 million subscribers as of 31st December 2008. On an average, we’ve just added 196, 245 broadband subscribers per month.
— Absolute growth: Maharashtra & Goa led the way, followed by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Each of these circles added more than 235,000 subscribers in the 10 month period, and they’re in the top 5.
— Percentage growth: In percentage terms, Maharashtra grew the least, followed by Delhi and Tamil Nadu, primarily because of the large subscriber base.
—  India’s most populous state – Uttar Pradesh, has only 238, 791 broadband subscribers and accounts for only 4.79 %. You may see that as an opportunity for growth, or an indication of the lack of Internet penetration.
Whats your reading of these numbers? Do share and we’ll update the post with your take.

Also read:
—  Q109: Quarterly India Internet & Mobile Numbers, And A Wireless Internet Story
— India Has 81 M Internet Users. Please Make Changes To Your Powerpoint Slides
— Oct 2008: Projections For 10M Broadband; India Adds 10.42 M Wireless; Crosses 5M Broadband