India Ranked 122nd for Broadband Penetration: UN Report

India ranks 122 in the world for Fixed Broadband Penetration, with only 1.1 per every 100 inhabitants having access to fixed broadband. With the world average being 9.9 per 100 inhabitants, India comes in below average in terms of fixed broadband penetration, according to a new report.

Switzerland leads the ranking with 41.9 per 100 inhabitants having access to fixed broadband.

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India Broadband Penetration 2013: Ranked 122 for Fixed Broadband

With 12.6% of the population accessing Internet in the country, India ranked 145th among the countries with the percentage of individuals using the internet. Among developing countries, India ranked 98th for the same.

In India, broadband has already generated nearly 9 million direct and indirect jobs, while a 1% increase in broadband penetration could add US$2.7 bn or 0.11% to Indian GDP in 2015, the State of Broadband 2013 report by UNESCO said.

The report also said that closing the mobile gender gap and bringing 600 million more women online could increase global GDP by US$13-18 billion.

At 9.5%, India ranked in 75th in regard to percentage of households with internet in developing countries.

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India is one of the first countries to launch LTE, which will accelerate service delivery in sectors ranging from health to public infrastructure, and drive a significant structural shift in consumer behaviour over the next few years, given that nearly 200 operators in 75 countries may offer LTE services by the end of 2013.

Low cost, Low power solutions to deliver education activities, skills training and health-care services to remote regions is another factor helping internet penetrations in countries like India. These platforms support the delivery of educational content and services developed by partner education facilities and healthcare institutions. Already pilot projects in several States in India have resulted in over 600,000 student hours of education delivery, 10-12% improvement in attendance and a 19% increase in the performance of nine schools across three districts of the state of Karnataka.

Also health-care services have been delivered via 20 centers, across 8 districts in 3 states (Karnataka, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh), resulting in over 50,000 patient consultations, with hundreds of treatments for malnourished children and consultations with expectant mothers.

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India was one of the first countries to extend the mandate of its Universal Service Fund (USF) to include broadband in 2008. India has developed a national ICT policy aiming to have at least one member of each household become digitally literate.