Despite the massive growth in mobile data usage in the past eight months in India, 56 percent of smartphone users have no access to Internet at least once a day, a new report said. According to a report compiled by True Balance mobile app, the data connectivity environment is still poor, leading to devices being exposed to the offline environment on large. Also Read - Ola to offer free oxygen concentrators to the needyAlso Read - Safer Internet Day 2021: Here's how you can ensure your online security
“We have found that across India, the connections are patchy and users often find gaps in network coverage depending on their location,” said Alex Suh, General Director of Data Analysis, True Balance, in a statement. “This is why despite the mobile data usage in the country increased significantly, there is still a prevalence of users found experiencing an offline state in a day,” he added. Also Read - Mobile internet services suspended on Delhi borders till February 2
Mobile data usage in India has quadrupled in eight months as the competition grew among various telecom operators who offer unlimited data tariff plans. Yet, 11 percent of users stay offline for more than 24 hours. ALSO READ: Internet grows to over 330 million domain name registrations in Q1, 2017
The report also revealed that users who use the mobile data online for 24-hours were just 7 percent in July 2016 and now that number has increased to 44 percent as of April 2017.