Education & Digital Divide (16-31 July 2020) (Download PDF)

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Education & Digital Divide

  • Regional disparity
  • Gender disparity
  • Urban-rural disparity
  • Mobile Devices
Education and Digital Divide

Education and Digital Divide

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  • Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on June 29, the country had over 1,160 million wireless subscribers in February 2020, up from 1,010 million in 2016. This is a rise of 150 million subscribers in five years, or 30 million per year. Even growth in rural and urban areas
  • In 2011, the BharatNet project was launched to connect 0.25 million panchayats through optical fibre (100 MBPS) and connect India’s villages. Its implementation began only in 2014.
  • In 2014, the government launched National Digital Literacy Mission and the Digital Saksharta Abhiyan
  • Internet subscriptions per 100 are 104 in urban and 27 in rural areas
  • 79 % men and 63 % women have mobile phones in India
  • Himachal Pradesh leads the country in access to internet in both rural and urban areas. Uttarakhand has the most number or computers in urban areas, while Kerala has the most number of computers in rural areas
  • Kerala is the state where the difference between rural and urban areas is the least
  • The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2020 by GSMA, 42 % of women and 31 % men who did not have a mobile phone in India reported that the main reason for this was the cost of the handset.
  • Data traffic has increased 44 times in past 4 years

- Published/Last Modified on: October 31, 2020

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