The number of broadband connections in India stood at 13.35 million by the end of December 2011, with Maharashtra (including Goa) accounting for the highest number at 0.23 million. “The number of broadband connections provided by the end of December 2011 are 13.35 million,” minister of communication and IT Sachin Pilot said.
As per the draft National Telecom Policy 2012, the government has set a target to achieve 175 million broadband connections by 2017, and 600 million by 2020 at minimum 2 Mbps download speed.
Maharashtra (including Goa) leads the race with 23.55 lakh broadband connections, followed by Tamil Nadu (including Pondicherry) with 16.62 lakh connections as on December 30, 2011, he said in a written reply to Lok Sabha. Karnataka with 13.44 lakh connections was at the third position, while Andhra Pradesh with 13.42 lakh connections took the fourth spot. Delhi was placed at fifth position with 10.15 lakh connections.