Internet data consumption in rural areas of India has increased by 400 percent in the last one year. Official data shows that the demand for internet connectivity in the interior (rural) areas of India is increasing very fast. The government’s initiative to provide Wi-Fi hotspots and fiber-to-home (FTH) connections in rural areas has played an important role. The government has provided Wi-Fi hotspots and fiber-to-home connections to over 1.3 million Wi-Fi registered users. According to government officials, high-speed broadband connections will increase to more than two million domestic customers by December this year.
Increase in data consumption
In the last few years, there has been a rapid increase in internet data consumption in rural areas. According to BharatNet optical fiber, 13,000 terabytes (TB) of data has been consumed by the government’s Common Service Centers (CSCs) in about 1,00,000 panchayats till June this year. The data shows that in 2020, about 6 thousand TB data was consumed.
According to Dinesh Tyagi, Managing Director, CSC e-Governance Services Limited, the data obtained clearly shows that the demand for internet data is increasing very fast in rural areas. If the Internet continues to be positively consumed in educational and information content, then soon India can be made digitally empowered. Tyagi said that within a year, about 98 thousand panchayats have been successfully connected with BharatNet fiber.
Internet users increased during the pandemic
Despite the Kovid-19 epidemic in March last year, more than 45 thousand new internet home users were registered. These include over 325,000 users who run government institutions such as police stations, gram panchayat offices, post offices, anganwadi centres, PDS shops and primary health centres. CSC Wi-Fi Choupal has over 1.3 million customers who use it to supplement their mobile data connections.
Dinesh Tyagi said that improving high-speed connectivity will prove to be a boon for rural citizens and entrepreneurs. He said that connectivity can be further improved. The village level entrepreneurs running the CSC are responsible for their government facilities and maintenance. Entrepreneurs also extend the Internet through Wi-Fi hotspots and FTH connections to the residents of the village.