The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) reported (PDF) that India has 164.81 million Internet connections for the quarter ending March 31, 2013. Out of the 164.81 Internet connections, around 6.56 million were narrowband connections, registering a quarterly decrease of 0.5%. India reported a total of 15.05 million broadband subscription, registering a quarterly growth of 0.45% and Year-on-Year (YoY) growth of 8.98%. This excludes the connections who access the Internet through wireless phones.
TRAI also noted that around 143.20 million were accessing the Internet through wireless phones. Uttar Pradesh has the most number of Internet connections at 14.85 million, followed by Maharashtra-Goa with 12.64 million Internet connections. Mumbai alone has 10.22 million Internet connections.
This follows MediaNama’s report in July 2013, questioning the Indian government’s claim of 485.6 million Internet subscribers in the country as of September 2012.
Starting this report, TRAI will now report Internet access by CDMA connections which was previously being
reported under narrowband internet access, will be reported under Internet Access through Wireless Phone. However, in this report, Internet access by CDMA connection has been excluded from narrowband internet access.
BSNL, with the connection base of 13.13 million Internet connections at the end of March 2013, hold 60% of the market share followed by Reliance (2.49 million), MTNL (1.96 million), Airtel (1.39 million), and Hathway (0.36 million) at fourth place. The top 10 Service Providers (SP) hold 97.78% of the total Internet connection base excluding Internet access by wireless phone connections.
– India reported 249.57 million minutes of usage for telephony.
– Internet connections (excluding access from wireless phones) increased to 21.61 million at the end of March 2013 from 21.57 million at the end of December 2012, registering a quarterly growth rate of 0.16%. Share of broadband subscription was at 69.65% and share of Narrowband subscription was at 30.35% at the end of March 2013.
– There are around 185 service provides in the country providing Internet service. This number excludes the internet access provided by wireless phone.
– The total Internet leased line customers stood at 41,041 at the end of March 2013 as compared to 39,788 at the end of December 2012, registering an increase of 3.15%.
– In India, there are 7930 cyber cafes as per the report received from SPs during the quarter ending March 2013, registering a decrease of 1.56% from 8,056 cafes it had reported in the previous quarter.
– Around 32 ISPs are providing Internet Telephony services presently.
– Internet bandwidth owned by various SPs was at 745.41 GB during the quarter ending March 2013, up from 694.55 GB it had reported in the previous quarter.
Updates: Updated the post to reflect the numbers are connections and not subscribers. Added operatorwise data.