A Huawei survey places India at the 44th spot on its Global Connectivity Index 2016 that includes 50 countries. The US makes it to the top of the list while China takes the 23rd spot. This is Huawei's third Global Connectivity Index report that marks improvements in the field of Internet connectivity, and India was seen at the same 44th position last year too.
According to the report, the 50 countries are divided into three categories namely, Starter, Adopter and Frontrunners. Among these, India is placed in the Starter category alongside counties such as Qatar, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Venezuela and Algeria. At the 23rd spot, China falls under Adopter.
Talking about India, the report states that smartphone uptake and mobile broadband subscriptions continue to grow. It also highlights that after 3G, 4G is in the first stage of deployment.
The report also points out that India has to focus on speeding up its optical fiber Bharat Broadband Networks and bring high-speed Internet connectivity to rural areas. “Both the public and private sectors need to invest in their networks to serve the growing subscriber base, and provide universal broadband access with digital literacy programs to close the rural-urban divide," it adds.
The report also claims that government’s Digital India initiative is also responsible for driving growth. It will help bring many people online and and also introduce an array of opportunities for telcos.