As per the recent reports by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the total number of internet users in India has declined from 431.21 million at the end of June 2017 to 429.23 million at the end of September 2017, registering almost a quarterly de-growth of (-) 0.46 percent.

While stating the data for July-September 2017 period, TRAI further issued a statement, regarding that, “Out of 429.23 million, wired Internet subscribers are 21.35 million and wireless Internet subscribers are 407.88 million”. Out of 429.23 million, wired Internet subscribers are 21.35 million and wireless Internet subscribers are 407.88 million. Here, it also needs mentioning that the Internet subscriber base is comprised of broadband Internet subscriber base of 324.89 million and narrowband Internet subscriber base of 104.34 million.

Previous reports state that the broadband Internet subscriber base has increased by 8 percent from 300.84 million at the end of June to 324.89 million at the end of September. Also, on the other hand, the narrowband Internet subscriber base has declined by 19.97 percent from 130.38 million at the end of June to 104.34 million at the end of September.

Further, the report also mentioned that the number of telephone subscribers in India increased from 1,210.84 million at the end of June 17 to 1,206.71 million at the end of September 17, registering a de-growth of (-) 0.34 percent over the previous quarter. So, it concluded that “However, this reflects the year-on-year positive growth of 12.33 percent over the same quarter of last year”.

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