As per the latest Performance Indicator Study released by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the Indian Internet segment is witnessing a significant shift in the technology adoption to access internet.
The report indicates that internet users are slowly preferring to access internet, mainly from their mobile devices or a communications standard that works on associated technologies, say 3G or 4G. Essentially, what the report seems to suggest that people are actively ditching wired internet services and now favor mobile form of internet.
Internet adoption is growing at an exponential rate: The total internet subscriber base was at 193.39 Million Users as of June 30th, 2013. This is substantially up from 164.81 million users in the previous quarter ended March 31st, 2013. In terms of growth percentage, this is a jump of almost 20%. Despite the growth and the fact that wire-line broadband still commands a high number of users, the scenario is gradually changing in favor of wireless internet technology.
This switch over is evident from the latest numbers from TRAI: In terms of telecom users, almost all operators saw a dip in wire-line subscribers. State run BSNL witnessed a dip of 2.72% in its wired internet usage, while Tata saw a 2.34% decline. Interestingly, MTNL was the only company that witnessed an upswing, but overall, wire-line subscribers decreased from 30.21 million to 29.73 million.
On the other hand, the number of subscribers accessing internet through mobile devices is at 176.50 Million, up from 143.2 Million in the previous quarter. This is an astonishing upswing of almost 25%.
Despite the positive statistics, industry experts have continually sounded cautious. Their primary concern has always been the highly skewed demographics. While cities and Tier I towns are brimming with internet users, the villages are barren. The internet penetration is of great concern. While it is indeed a reassuring growth pattern that will surely be directly proportional to the development of the country, internet usage will have to spread a lot more evenly than the present condition to achieve, what can be termed as, ‘Overall Development of the Nation’. What do you think?
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