Tamil Nadu has the highest number of broadband internet subscribers in the country . As on March 31, of the 149.75 million broadband users in the country , 14.89 million were in Tamil Nadu, figures released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) show.
Maharashtra (13.82 million), Karnataka (12.18 million), Delhi (11.98 million) and Andhra Pradesh (11.17 million) are the others with highher number of subscribers surfing internet at speeds greater than 520 KBPS.
At 39.4%,Tamil Nadu also has the fifth highest internet penetration (subscribers per 100 population) behind Delhi (96.51), Himachal Pradesh (42.76), Punjab (43.54), Kerala (40.79). The national average is 26.98. Tamil Nadu also ranks a high third on the list of highest rural net penetration (24.03) after Himachal Pradesh (28.05) and Punjab (27.15).
Experts say that the steady increase in the internet facilities has helped the state implement various e-governance measures even in the remotest villages. “We are running 10,000 e-seva centres across the state. Every day , there are 50,000-60,000 transactions at these centres where 140 services are offered.Last year we recorded 1.1 crore transactions,“ said a senior IAS officer from the Information Technology (IT) department of the state government. Another direct impact of increasing internet penetration in Tamil Nadu has been felt in sale of railway tickets.There has been a 48%increase in the sale of e-tickets from 2014-2016, figures show, while sale of paper tickets has dropped by 3%. This has led to shorter queues at the booking counters as only the first few are able to get a confirmed paper ticket.
dinathanthi newspaper 22/08/2016 : http://www.dinathanthiepaper.in/firstpage.aspx