India has more rural internet users than urban: PM Modi

This makes the country the world’s number one in digital transactions

April 10, 2023

Over 600,000 km of optic fibre has been laid

This has connected almost 200,000 Gram Panchayats

Over 425 million internet users are present in rural areas as compared to 295 million in urban areas

The majority of internet users in rural areas access the internet using mobile devices

India’s rural internet user base has surpassed the number of urban users, making it the world’s number one in digital transactions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced last week during the inauguration of several railway projects.

Modi emphasized that India has been witnessing a revolution in terms of infrastructure and that over 600,000 km of optic fibre has been laid connecting almost 200,000 Gram Panchayats.

The Prime Minister also noted that new generation infra projects will begin to serve the people, covering roadways, railways, and airways. 

According to a report by Nielsen, rural India has surpassed urban India in terms of internet usage, with over 425 million internet users in rural areas as compared to 295 million in urban areas. The majority of internet users in rural areas access the internet using mobile devices due to their affordability and low-cost tariff plans. 

Source: Economic Times

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