Telecommunication in India

Compared to the European Union, India is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +91, there were a total of 1.20 billion connections in 2018. Among them were 1.18 billion million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.87 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, India is back. Around 34% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 1% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 6.75 million webhosts, India is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

The following diagrams show the development of the different 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 subscription.


Spread of internet connections in India 1990 - 2017




Broadband internet in India 2001 - 2018




Landlines in the years 1990 - 2018




Mobile phones in India 1990 - 2018




Spreading in 2018 India
Total
India
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users 18.17 m 1.34 % 152.50 m 34.13 %
Landlines 21.87 m 1.62 % 171.14 m 38.31 %
Mobile cellulars 1.18 bn 86.94 % 545.16 m 122.02 %