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Rural internet connectivity in India growing rapidly: FM Sitharaman

On Friday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman stated that internet connectivity in rural parts of India is growing at a rapid rate and will soon exceed connectivity in urban areas.

Sitharaman was speaking at the Rajya Sabha over debate on the Union Budget.

Citing a report from the Internet and Mobile Association, she said that the rural internet user base is growing three times faster and is likely to outgrow the urban user base soon.

“Data consumption through BharatNet optical fibre surpassed 13,000 terrabytes in June 2021 while the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) report in August 2021 said that the total number of internet subscribers has gone up to 82.5 crore,” she said.

CT Bureau

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