India had 525.4 million wireless and wireline broadband connections at the end of December 2018, an increase of 9% over a three month period starting from September 2018, according to data published by the telecom regulator TRAI. Note that there are still 78.85 million narrowband connections in the country, a number which has been on the decline, possibly as more people switch to broadband from narrowband. However, for this quarter narrowband connections grew marginally from 78.3 million connections of September 2018. The total: 604.2 million Internet connections, including both wireline and wireless connections, broadband and narrowband. A majority of these Internet connections are on mobile. Between October and December 2018, total broadband connections in rural India grew by 12%, and by 7% in urban areas. TRAI defines Internet connections with download speeds less than 512 kbps as narrowband, while connections…
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