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Wi-Fi connectivity limited in India: Analyst

New Delhi: Limited penetration of home broadband is a major reason for the relatively low Wi-Fi connectivity in India, says Peter Boyland, an analyst, with London-based OpenSignal, which specializes in crowdsourced wireless coverage mapping all over the world. The analyst has mentioned in a blog post on Thursday.

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What Analyst says about Wireless connectivity:

  • Wi-Fi connectivity in India is still well below more developed markets such as the US, where it has reached around 50 per cent mark.
  • In Europe in particular, large numbers of subscribers buy their mobile, broadband, and TV services from one operator.
  • But this business model is simply not affordable for most Indians. So the operators have largely chosen to concentrate on mobile as opposed to fixed-line networks, resulting in low penetration of home broadband connectivity in the country.
    • This may also explain why subscribers on Jio's mobile network spend significantly less time on Wi-Fi compared to its rivals.
    • Of India's four biggest mobile operators, Vodafone subscribers spend the most time connected to Wi-Fi networks, at 20 per cent of the time, according to OpenSignal data, which covered the 90 days from March 1, this year.
    • Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman and Managing Director, Mukesh D. Ambani last week said the company was all set to launch a fibre-to-the-home broadband services, JioGigaFiber, soon.
    • "We will now extend fiber connectivity to homes, merchants, small and medium enterprises and large enterprises simultaneously across 1,100 cities to offer the most advanced fiber-based broadband connectivity solutions," Ambani said, while addressing the shareholders at the 41st Annual General Meeting of RIL.
    Read also: Jio subscribers doubled to 215 mn in 22 months: Mukesh Ambani
    • Starting this Independence Day, August 15, people can start registering for JioGigaFiber through both MyJio and Jio.com.
    • A joint report by Google and global research firm Analysys Mason released earlier this month showed that public Wi-Fi alone in India has the ability to capture 40 million new connected users by 2019, resulting in at least $20 billion being added to the country's GDP.
    • The Indian government is planning to provide public Wi-Fi coverage to some 250,000 Panchayats and 5,000 railway stations within the next two years. Although the focus on Wi-Fi has been renewed, Wi-Fi connectivity among mobile users is still relatively low in India.



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