India had 276.5 million wireless and wireline broadband connections at the end of March 2017, an increase of 17% over a three month period starting from December 2016, according to data published by telecom regulator TRAI. However, note that India also had 145.67 million narrowband connections in the country, which decreased from 155.46 million connection in December 2016. The total: 422.2 million Internet connections, includes both wireline and wireless connections. A majority of these Internet connections are on mobile.

Between January and March 2017, total broadband connections in rural India grew by 52%, and by 8% in urban areas. TRAI defines Internet connections with download speeds less than 512 kbps as narrowband, while connections with download speeds faster than 512 kbps are classified as broadband. Broadband connections were the majority in India with a 65.5% share, while narrowband connections comprised the remaining 34.5% connections.

It’s worth noting that the TRAI had recommended redefining the minimum broadband speed to 2mbps, which is still too less.

Some observations:

1. Delhi had the highest number of broadband connections in urban areas with 20.4 million, followed by Tamil Nadu with 17.35 million connections, and Maharashtra with 16.68 million connections.

2. Andhra Pradesh had the highest number of broadband connections in rural areas with 7.44 million, followed by Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai) with 6.68 million connections, and Uttar Pradesh (East) with 5.54 million connections.

3. Overall, Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai) had the highest number of broadband connections in the country with 23.36 million connections. Tamil Nadu is at the second spot with 22.77 million connections, followed by Andhra Pradesh with 21.07 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 12.9 million connections between them.


5. Andhra Pradesh added the highest number of broadband connections in rural areas with 2.77 million connections, between January and March 2017. In urban areas, Delhi topped the list adding 2.5 million connections during the same time period.

6. Overall, Uttar Pradesh (East) added the most connections during the three-month period with 3.52 million connections.