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Telecommunication in India

Compared to the United States, India is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +91, there were a total of 1.17 billion connections in 2020. Among them were 1.15 billion mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.84 per person. In the US, , this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 6.75 million webhosts, India is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 662,298 million of these, or about 10 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 48.03 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, India ranked 70th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 47.34 Mbit/second (33rd place).
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, India comes 117th with a download speed of 13.41 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 3 Mbit was only enough for 138th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in July 2022 from 182 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the Internet in India from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in India 2001 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerIndia is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 43% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 2% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the Internet via mobile communications.

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020India
Internet users593.40 m43.00 %301.33 m90.90 %
Broadband users22.95 m1.66 %121.18 m36.55 %
Landlines20.05 m1.45 %101.53 m30.63 %
Mobile cellulars1.15 bn83.60 %351.48 m106.03 %

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