The above graph represents the quarterly distribution of the number of Internet subscribers in India by speed type – Broadband and Narrowband. As of December 2019, approximately 718.74 million Indians have Internet subscription. Over 92% of those are broadband subscribers. The number of broadband Internet subscribers in India increased a considerable 5.84% QoQ and 26% YoY in Q4 2019, to 661.94 million. However, the number of narrowband Internet subscribers in India declined a notable 8.67% QoQ and 27.96% YoY, to just 56.81 million during the same period.
|Source||Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)|
|Duration||CY Q1 2014 – Q4 2019|
As the graph shows, India has been recording significant quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year growth in the broadband subscriber base over the last few years. Q2 2015 was the first time when broadband subscriber base in India surpassed the 100 million mark, with a whopping 58% YoY growth. In Q4 2018, the country set another big milestone as the broadband internet subscribers surged to 525.36 million, with 44.78% YoY growth.
On the other hand, the Narrowband internet subscriber base in India has declined from 210.57 million in Q2 2015 to 70.7 million in Q2 2019.
Note: Broadband Internet comes with a minimum capacity of greater or equal 512 Kbit/s in one or both directions. While Narrowband Internet comes with a capacity of less than 512 Kbit/s in one or both directions.
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