UN’s broadband penetration ranking- India secured 155th place

Date: September 25, 2015

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India slips in UN’s broadband penetration ranking

At a time when the Centre is pushing the Digital India campaign and talking about broadband for all, the country’s Internet growth is lagging that of most other countries.

According to the State of Broadband 2015 report by the United Nations, India’s broadband penetration ranking has fallen to 155 from 113.This despite the fact that the number of people with broadband access on mobile phones has gone up to 5.5 per cent of the population compared with just 3.2 per cent in 2013.

pThe report reveals that 57 per cent of the world’s people remain offline and unable to take advantage of the enormous economic and social benefits the Internet can offer. While India's overall broadband penetration (mobile and fixed line) ranking improved to 136 from 142 in 2014 it is still way behind countries such as Syria, Zimbabwe and Ghana.

The Republic of Korea has the world’s highest household broadband penetration with 98.5% of homes connected.
Qatar ranked 2nd with 98%
Saudi Arabia ranked 3rd with 94%

This year’s figures show that the top 10 countries for household Internet penetration are all located in Asia or the Middle East.