Find, in this article, an overview of India's telecommunications market, especially regarding Internet.
Whether you have to perform researches, or simply surf the web, there is no need to worry. You can easily access to Internet in India. In fact, India is one of the world's most connected countries along with being one of the most densely populated countries. In 2014, the country ranked 3rd among the best connected countries worldwide after China and the United States of America. But of course, this especially applies to the big cities as most of the inhabitants of rural areas do net yet have access to telecommunications, both in terms of phones and Internet.
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According to the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), India has some 350 million Internet users over a population of nearly 1,2 billion inhabitants. In fact, more than 4 million mobile phones, smart phones and tablet are sold every week across the country.
This increase can be interpreted by the number of Internet service providers that have integrated to the telecommunications market over the years, thus encouraging competition. Therefore, you should not have much trouble in connecting to the Internet, especially if you are moving to one of the major Indian cities.
In the first instance, you can freely access to Internet in several places, namely hotels, coffee shops, restaurants, etc, if you have a smart phone, tablet, Ipad or laptop. You can also get connected in Internet cafes which you can find anywhere across major Indian cities. You can easily recognize these thanks to yellow signboards indicating PCO/STD/ISD, meaning public phone booths including Internet access. Note that you will be requested to produce a copy or your passport as identity document.
In tourist regions, holiday accommodations, especially guesthouses, are equipped with Wi-fi, as well as a computer through which you can access to Internet.
If you already have a land line, you can request for an Internet connection from your service provider. Otherwise, you can visit the Internet service provider of your choice with your identity documents and proof of address. Note that a security deposit may be requested. In general, subscription formalities vary from one service provider to another.
Thanks to the 3G technology, you can also access to wireless connection. In fact, 3G is available in most major cities, thus allowing you to get connected anywhere thanks to a small portable modem. This service is offered by several Internet service providers, namely Reliance Communications, Idea, Airtel and Aircel, etc.
The wireless modem costs around INR 2,500 and INR 3,000. As regards connection rates, you can choose from various attractive packages. But make sure to choose the one which best suits your needs and budget. In general, you will need an average of INR 1,000 per month.