Broadband Subscribers in India – Maharashtra Leads!


Although, the growth in Mobile telephony has been stupendous in India over past 5-6 years, same cannot be said about broadband. The growth in broadband subscribers has been at snail’s pace. Mobile telephony spread across length and breadth of India, thanks to cheap handsets and even cheaper call rates. Unfortunately, broadband could not reach the masses due to higher prices, lower speeds, infrastructural issues among other reasons. Even today, India’s broadband density is miniscule 1 percent with majority of subscribers in Urban cities only!

Bringing Internet connectivity to masses, especially in rural areas, is one of the key goals and Indian Government envisages to cover 2,50,000 village panchayats with broadband by 2012. Currently, only about 97,548 villages are covered with broadband.

In a recent press release, Government has released State-wise broadband subscribers including urban and rural areas Circle-wise connections.

Broadband Subscribers in India as of November 2010

Broadband Subscribers in India state wise

Sl. No State/Telecom Circle Broadband subscribers (As on 30.11.2010)
1 Andaman & Nicobar 5045
2 Andhra Pradesh 992222
3 Assam 67098
4 Bihar (including Jharkhand) 146148
5 Delhi* 972552
6 Gujarat 656041
7 Haryana 235201
8 Himachal Pradesh 57422
9 Jammu & Kashmir 46650
10 Karnataka 1129392
11 Kerala 699429
12 Maharashtra (including Mumbai, Goa) 1847013
13 Madhya Pradesh (including Chhattisgarh) 418091
14 North East** 37605
15 Orissa 172405
16 Punjab 523508
17 Rajasthan 333165
18 Tamil Nadu (including Chennai) 1331956
19 Uttar Pradesh (including Uttarakhand) 568936
20 West Bengal (including Kolkata) 497971
  TOTAL 10737850



  • Maharashtra leads broadband subscriber list with over 18 Lakhs subscribers followed by Tamil Nadu (13.3 L) and Karnataka (11.3 L)
  • Andaman & Nicobar Islands have least subscriber base with only 5k subscribers
  • Entire North-East region has about 37 k subscribers
  • Kerala, even though being one of the smallest states has about 7 lakh subscribers and has maximum broadband density among states 
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