India has the world's third largest Internet users with over 100 million users (of whom 40 million use the Internet via mobile phones) as of December 2010.Internet penetration in India is one of the lowest in the world which is 8.4% of the population, compared to other nations like United States, Japan or South Korea where Internet penetration is significantly higher than in India.
Visitors to India quickly experience firsthand the country’s notoriously inadequate infrastructure: the crumbling roads, sprawling shantytowns, and frequent power outages. Just as big a drag on India’s economy is a problem that’s not so easy to spot—the country’s Internet infrastructure.
In a nation of more than 1.2 billion people, almost everyone on the Internet has to tolerate downloading data at the sluggish rate of 256 kilobytes per second. Of the country’s 100 million Internet users, just 12.5 million have broadband, compared with 450 million households in China. It’s no coin
Despite the considerable popularity of Internet in India, the ISP market was for a long time in disarray. It appears to some extent to have settled down. After a period of market rationalisation, there are now around 160 operational ISPs in the country. Despite the large number of providers, just 10% of the ISPs have 90% of the subscribers. In fact, 5% have 88%. The state-owned BSNL and MTNL continue to dominate the market, holding first and second place in terms of Internet subscribers and a massive 70% of the total subscriber base. Cybercafés have certainly been playing a major role in fu
An overview of the Start and History of Internet Usage in IndiaThe state-owned Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL) launched Internet Services in India in August 1995. For the first four years , VSNL was the sole provider of Internet Services in the Country. In the first years, broadband usage in India was growing 20% per month, according to the Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI). Thanks to the progress in the penetration of ICT and especially, the Broadband Policy announced in 1995, the term “broadband” entered the mass lexicon and most Internet users were aw
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