India's Ambitious Growth in the World Wide Web

The entire idea of Internet is brought to reality via the Internet Service Providers. To promote internet connectivity, there needs to be stronger government industry partnerships.

As per a recent press release by PIB, for making available high quality and high speed internet access to the States of North Eastern Region of the country, Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) has signed an Agreement with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) on 18.08.2021 for hiring of 10 GBPS International Bandwidth for Internet Connectivity to Agartala from Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL), Bangladesh via Cox Bazar/Kuakata.

With over 560 million internet users, India is the second largest online market in the world, ranked only behind China. It was estimated that by 2023, there would be over 650 million internet users the country. Despite the large base of internet users, the internet penetration rate in the country stood at around 50 percent in 2020. This meant that around half of the 1.37 billion Indians had access to internet that year. There has been a consistent increase in internet accessibility compared to just five years ago, when the internet penetration rate was around 27 percent.

In this edition, we’re highlighting the country’s fast growing ISPs. These ISPs have grown in no time and are contributing directly to the internet usage and indirectly to the country inclusiveness to connectivity. We recognize their phenomenal contribution to the Digital India Initiative.

This edition is throwing light to the country’s ISPs who have taken a giant task to connect the nation on fibre be it businesses or end-consumers. These ISPs have significantly realized India’s vision to get complete internet connectivity by 2035.
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