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India had 108.85 million broadband connections during quarter ending June-15; Rural connections decline by 8.7%

India had 108.85 million wireless and wireline broadband connections during the three months ending June 2015, registering an increase of 9.71 % over the last quarter, according to the data released by India’s telecom regulator.

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Much of the growth in broadband is coming from the urban parts of India. Between April and June 2015, total broadband connections in urban India grew by 16.10% while it declined by 8.7% in rural areas.

But even as broadband expands its reach in the country, the number of narrowband connections are nearly twice the number of broadband connections. India defines narrowband as internet connections with download speeds less than 512 kbps while the connections with download speeds faster than 512 kbps are classified as broadband.

 

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Some observations:

1. Delhi had the highest number broadband connections in urban areas with 9.62 million followed by Tamil Nadu with 8.5 million connections and Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai) with 8.05 million connections.

2. Kerala had the highest number of broadband connections in rural areas with 2.60 million followed by Tamil Nadu with 2.57 million connections and Andhra Pradesh with 2.44 million connections.

3. Overall, Tamil Nadu has the highest number of broadband connections in the country with 11.07 million connections. Delhi is at the second spot with 10.06 million connections followed by Maharasthra (excluding Mumbai) with 9.97 million connections.

4. Broadband connections in hilly states such as Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and the North East still very low with a total of just 4.21 million connections.

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5. Andhra Pradesh added the highest number of broadband connections in rural areas with 0.36 million connections between April 2015 and June 2015. In urban areas, Karnataka topped the list adding 1.89 million connections during the same time period.

6. Overall, Tamil Nadu added the most connections during the three-month time period with 1.24 million connections.

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