The above graph represents the quarterly distribution of the number of internet subscribers in India by service area – Urban and Rural India. Nearly 62.65% of the total internet subscribers in India belong to the Urban areas. The total number of Urban Internet subscribers in India reached an all-time high of 450.31 million in Q4 2019, representing 15.2% YoY growth.
However, the rural area still holds an enormous potential to drive the future growth of the internet in India. The total number of Rural internet subscribers in India also reached a record high of 268.43 million in Q4 2019, with 25.85% YoY growth.
Growth in India’s Urban and Rural Internet Subscribers
|Source||Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)|
|Duration||CY Q1 2015 – Q4 2019|
In Q2 2015, the number of Internet subscribers from Urban India stood at 204.98 million. While the subscribers from Rural India was only 114.44 million. In just one year, the country witnessed nearly 32 million new Internet subscriptions from Urban India.
In Q2 2018, the urban internet users in India increased a healthy 15.32% YoY to 338.84 million. On the other hand, rural internet users in India increased an appreciable 26.2% YoY to 173.42 million.
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