The internet has evolved phenomenally in the recent years. It has gained additional popularity in India in the past few months. Some of the recent research results show that the number of broadband users in the country has been increasing rapidly.
Total number of users
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has noted that there has been an increase of 3.71% in the number of broadband users in one month. The number of users in May 2015 was 104.96 million and in June 2015 it increased to 108.85 million.
In February 2015, there were 97.37 million subscribers which increased by 1.88% to 99.2 million subscribers in March 2015. In May 2015, broadband users in the country crossed the 100 million mark for the first time. The number of users is increasing by 2% every month.
Increase in varied segments
Out of the total number of subscribers in June 2015, 15.70 million use wired broadband services while 0.45 million people use fixed wireless services. Wi-Fi and associated services are considered as fixed wireless services. The remaining majority 92.70 million users use the most popular service which is mobile broadband. The same subscribers in May 2015 numbered 15.56 million, 0.44 million and 88.96 million, respectively. This means that there has been an increase of 0.90% in the number of wired broadband subscribers, 1.96% in the number of fixed wireless broadband subscribers and the highest—4.21% in the number of mobile broadband subscribers.
Broadband as per TRAI is data connection that has a minimum speed of 512 KBPS. In 2014, TRAI altered its definition and changed the minimum speed to 256 KBPS.
Decrease in wireline services
Apart from the increase in popular segments, there has been a decrease in the use of wireline services because of the increasing trend of wireless technology. The number of users declined by 0.44% as there were 26.27 million users in May 2015 and 26.15 million users, a month later. In urban areas, wireline users including those for Tikona Broadband were 81.27% in June, this year while the rest were from rural areas.