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Internet user base rises 3.4 pc to 743 mn at March-end; Jio commands over 52 pc market: TRAI data

The number of internet subscribers in India increased to over 743 million at the end of March 2020, clocking a growth rate of 3.4 percent on a sequential-quarter basis, showed TRAI data on the sector’s quarterly performance.

Reliance Jio led the chart grabbing 52.3 per cent of the overall market share, followed by Bharti Airtel (23.6 per cent share) in the quarter ended March 2020.

Vodafone Idea held the third position as its internet subscriber base market share was at 18.7 percent for the period in reference.

“The total number of internet subscribers increased from 718.74 million at the end of December 2019 to 743.19 million at the end of March 2020, registering a quarterly growth rate of 3.40 per cent,” the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said in its report.

In this, the number of wireless internet subscribers stood at 720.7 million (97 per cent share of overall pie) and wired internet subscribers were 22.4 million.

A whopping 92.5 per cent of overall internet subscribers used broadband for internet access — the internet subscriber base comprised 687.4 million broadband users and 55.7 million narrowband subscribers.