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Tamil Nadu tops India’s urban net subscriber list

NEW DELHI: India’s highest urban internet subscribers come from the state of Tamil Nadu, followed by Maharashtra and Delhi.

Tamil Nadu has 21 million urban internet subscribers, accounting for over 9% of India’s total 231 million urban subscriber base.

Maharashtra has 19.7 million urban internet subscribers, marginally ahead of Delhi’s 19.6 million subscribers.

Karnataka has 17 million users, according to government data as on March 2016.

India’s total internet subscriber base stands at 342 million, with 112 million coming from rural areas.

The telecom circle of UP East has the highest number of rural internet subscribers at 11.2 million and almost a matching number of urban users, according to a PTI report.

Maharashtra has 9.7 million rural internet subscribers. Trailing behind in third place is Andhra Pradesh with just over 9 million rural internet subscribers.

The government is setting up a massive network infrastructure which will connect all 2.5 lakh gram panchayats through optical fibre.

The BharatNet project (formerly National Optical Fibre Network project) will be implemented in three phases. While the first phase will connect one lakh gram panchayats by March 2017, the second phase will see 1.5 lakh panchayats being connected by December 2018.

The final phase is planned to be completed by 2023.