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India’s urban-rural mobile ownership gap largest in Asia, says LIRNEasia

August 08, 2018

According to a study by Sri Lanka based LIRNEasia, India’s urban-rural mobile ownership divide is the largest among Asian countries covered in the study.

India trails behind Pakistan, Bangladesh and Kenya in terms of urban-rural mobile ownership gap. As per the study, India has a 22 per cent gap whereas Pakistan, Bangladesh and Kenya have a gap of 5 per cent, 7 per cent and 9 per cent respectively.

The study also stated that 55 per cent of mobile users in the country use basic phones that have no internet access. Further as per the study, 65 per cent Indians between the age group 15 and 65 years are not aware about the internet, and about 81 per cent of them have never used it.

According to LIRNEasia, the government should allocate a small part of the universal service obligation (USO) fund to conduct ICT-related studies in order to collect data regularly. The findings are based on a survey of 38,005 households and individuals across 18 developing countries through a 90 minute engagement.



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