The country currently has around 391.50 million internet subscribers, but the central government said that this figure will almost double by 2020. The information was provided by the minister of communication Manoj Sinha. The minister said that the doubling of number of internet users in the country would be made possible through faster adoption of digital technology. The information was provided via a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
The reply referred to the data provided by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), which mentions the current internet subscribers at 391.50 million, as on December 31, 2016. The reply also refers to the NASSCOM-Akamai report on the “The future of Internet in India”, in which, it has been projected that the number of internet subscribers in the country will grow to 730 million by 2020.
It may be recalled that the government had auctioned the 965 MHz spectrum last year, which paved the way for increased penetration of 3G and 4G services in the country. The minister also said that minimum broadband download speed would reach 2 Mbps by 2020. In addition, efforts are being made by the government to increase broadband connectivity in rural areas, he said.