According to a recent Juxt Survey, India has more than 55.48 actual mobile owners and 14.32 crore internet users.
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A recent survey by research firm Juxt says India has 55.48 crore actual mobile users in the country. The India Mobile Landscape (IML) 2013 study states there are a total of 77.39 crore functional SIMs with validity of which 64.34 crore SIMs are being used by 55.48 crore mobile devices owners.
The number of unique Internet users that access Internet from their mobile data connections, desktop or laptop, is around 94.7 million. The number goes up to 143.2 million if Airtel Live and Reliance R World users are also added.
The study reveals there are 2.38 crore users who access Internet from their mobile phones through data connections such as GPRS or 3G. Out of this, 93 lakh access Internet only via their mobile phones and surprisingly 77 percent of these users were in rural areas.
Juxt co-founder Mrutyunjay told PTI, "India has 55.48 crore mobile users as per our India Mobile Landscape (IML) 2013 study. More than 29.8 crore, about 54 per cent, of these device owners are in rural areas as compared to 25.6 crore in cities and towns."
Mrutyunjay added that the survey was conducted between May and mid-July 2013 covering 109 urban centers and 196 villages in all the 28 states and 3 union territories in India. The study sample covers 94.8 per cent of the Indian population and about 96.1 percent of Indian households.
Mrutyunjay added, "It (survey) covered 80 of the 88 regions as classified by the National Sample Survey Organisation under the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation. The study sample represents 94.8 per cent of the Indian population and 96.1 per cent of the total Indian households."