Maharashtra has the highest number of internet subscribers in the country at 29.47 million, followed by states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. According to government data, India had a total of 342.65 million internet subscribers at the end of March, 2016. Tamil Nadu had 28.01 million subscribers, while its neighbours Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka had 24.87 million and 22.63 million, respectively. 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
Himachal Pradesh had the lowest number of subscribers at 3.02 million. Data showed that out of the over 342 million subscribers, more than 67 percent are from urban India. The rural internet subscriber base stood at 111.94 million at the end of FY16. Tamil Nadu has the highest number of urban subscribers at 21.16 million, while UP (East) telecom circle leads in terms of rural internet customer base at 11.21 million.
At the end of March, Delhi had 20.59 million internet users, while Mumbai and Kolkata had 15.65 million and 9.26 million, respectively. The government plans to enable more people to log on to the web. BharatNet project aims to connect all 2.5 lakh gram panchayats in the country through broadband. ALSO READ: Internet freedom on the decline in India, says report
This will be done by using an optimal mix of underground fibre over powerlines, radio and satellite which will be shared by all categories of service providers on a non-discriminatory basis. The project is planned to be implemented in three phases. In the first phase, 1 lakh gram panchayats are to be connected by laying underground optical fibre cable by March 2017. ALSO READ: India estimated to have 50 crore Internet subscribers by 2016 end