As per statistics cited by Mashable, India is the world’s third largest Internet population trailing behind China and the United States. India is projected to be home to 243 million Internet users by June 2014 -– but that’s still only a fraction of the country’s 1.2 billion population.
As access to the Internet penetrates deeper into the Indian population, it is changing the ways people connect with each other, communities thrive and consumers educate and empower themselves with information in real time. Therefore, it suffices to say it is the responsibility of every state government in India to make serious efforts to make the Internet available and accessible to everyone.
In the current scenario, the Internet penetration across various states in India makes an interesting observation.
- As per India Census 2011, only 3.1 percent of total houses have Internet access in India.
- The census covered 24, 66, 92,667 (246.7 million) houses in India and found only 76, 47,473 (3.1%) of this houses have access to Internet, which includes both broadband and low-speed connections.
- Only one state and two union territories in India have Internet density of over 10%.
- Chandigarh (U/T) has the highest 18.8% of total households Internet users, followed by NCT of Delhi (U/T) 17.6% and Goa 12.7%.
- Bihar has below 1% of total households Internet users which is the lowest in India.
- The Internet density to total number of households in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal is 5.8%, 1.9% and 2.2% respectively.
Internet Penetration in Odisha (Census 2011)
Of the total 96, 61,085 households surveyed in Odisha, nearly 4, 92,715 people have access to a computer. That makes it about 5% of the total households surveyed.
However, when it comes to the Internet penetration, only 1, 35, 255 people have access to the Internet in Odisha, which makes it only 1.4% of the total number of household surveyed in 2011.
This effectively puts Odisha in the league of states like Bihar (1%), Tripura (1%), Chhattisgarh (1.2%), Madhya Pradesh (1.4%), Meghalaya (1.5%), and Jharkhand (1.5%).
Here’s a complete list of all states with their respective Internet penetration in percentage.
Why is Odisha Lagging Behind?
Using our community page, we asked some of our active community members for their opinions on their favourite Internet Service Provider in the city. Most of the participants recommended (rather grudgingly) the BSNL. Certainly, we would have got a completely different answer if there was “some” competition in the ISP space in the state capital.
Aside from the BSNL, the opinions are extremely divided across the landscape. To be fair, for many users in Bhubaneswar or the rest of Odisha for that matter, BSNL and Customer Service barely go hand in hand. There is a growing discontent among many internet users with regards to the very limited choices they have available when it comes to broadband Internet services. In other words, the conspicuous absence of players like Reliance and Airtel is virtually limiting the growth of Internet users in the state capital. Without an iota of hesitation, we can say the same, or worse, for the rest of Odisha as well.
It is the responsibility of the state government to ensure that the citizens are equipped with the affordable and efficient internet services in order to lead an informed lifestyle. The state government cannot afford to protect the vested interests of the existing ISPs and play patronage to them. This is not in the best interest of the state population that is inherently talented but lags behinds for lack of the basic internet infrastructures.
In today’s world, where communication and community development rule the roost, the access to the Information Technology can mean a big deal. Easy and affordable access to the Internet can effectively empower an entire state in terms of coming together as a force and building a better world.
The state government must make it a point to go beyond the political expediency and make concert efforts to help Odisha rise above the 1.4 % Internet penetration in the coming years.
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