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367.46 m Internet connections in India; Tamil Nadu has highest broadband


India had 192.29 million wireless and wireline broadband connections at the end of September 2016, registering an increase of 18.7% over a three month period, according to the data released by India’s telecom regulator TRAI. However, it’s important to not forget that there are still 175.17 narrowband connections in the country. The total: 367.46 million Internet connections, including both wireline and wireless.

Between July and September 2016, total broadband connections in urban India grew by 17% and by 24.7% in rural areas.

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. During this period, the number of broadband connections surpassed the number of narrowband connections.


Some observations:

1. Delhi had the highest number broadband connections in urban areas with 14.16 million followed by Tamil Nadu with 13.61 million connections and Karnataka with 12.62 million connections.

2. Andhra Pradesh had the highest number of broadband connections in rural areas with 4.43 million followed by Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai) with 4.28 million connections and Kerala with 4.09 million connections.

3. Overall, Tamil Nadu has the highest number of broadband connections in the country with 17.28 million connections. Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai) is at the second spot with 16.69 million connections followed by Andhra Pradesh with 14.85 million connections.

4. Broadband connections in hilly states such as Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and the North East including Assam is still very low with a total of just 8 million connections between them.


5. West Bengal added the highest number of broadband connections in rural areas with 1.13 million connections between July 2016 and September 2016. In urban areas, Andhra Pradesh topped the list adding 2.03  million connections during the same time period.

6. Overall, Andhra Pradesh added the most connections during the three-month time period with 2.73 million connections.

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