Maha has largest internet subscriber base in India: Survey

Maharashtra has the largest internet (of less than 256 kbps) subscriber base of 14.93 lakh and broadband (of greater than or equal to 256 kbps) subscriber base of 22.88 lakh in India as on March 31, 2011 according to the state’s economic survey, presented to the legislature today.

By the end of December 2011, the number of subscribers in the state who have submitted their requests to different service providers for porting their mobile number was 33.36 lakh, out of which 10.23 lakh requests are from Mumbai, the survey said.

The Communications sector is growing rapidly due to private sector contribution, it said.

In Maharashtra, private sector operators hold 91.7 per cent of wireless market share whereas the two PSU operators BSNL and MTNL together hold 8.3 per cent market share, it said.

The total number of landline connections at the end of December, 2011 in the state was 56.69 lakh.

The number of cell phone users per lakh population at the end of December, 2011 in the state was 94,181, it said.

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