India's Digital Divide – India has a population of 1.21 billion, according to the last Indian Census. More than 800 million Indians live in rural areas and just under 400 million live in urban areas. However Internet penetration of the entire population is below 10 per cent, according to the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI.)
India's Digital Divide – There is a deep digital divide in India which splits across wealth, occupation, education and geographical lines.
India's Digital Divide – While 20% for urban Indians are connected to the Internet.
India's Digital Divide – Only three % of rural Indians are connected to the Internet, according to IAMAI.
India's Digital Divide – Only eight % of rural India is computer literate.
India's Digital Divide – The paradox of modern India is that while the middle classes have enjoyed prosperity as a result of India's fast growing economy, the majority of the population have been left out.
India's Digital Divide – India has only 22 million Internet subscribers which is less than two % of the population. However there are 919 million cell phone subscribers, representing 76 % of the population, according to India's telecoms regulator.
India's Digital Divide – 59% of those in rural India who do not have access to the Internet blame no Internet connection, while 35% blame improper electricity supplies and 39% have no PC at home, according to IAMAI. There is often no telecoms network infrastructure in Indian villages. Only 0.4 per cent of rural Indians access the Internet from their mobile.
India's Digital Divide – 37% of non-users believe they have no need for the Internet and 42% are not aware of the Internet. Many people from rural areas do not speak English and there is limited content online in Indian vernacular languages, IAMAI has found. Pictured are city labourers who tend to be uneducated migrants from villages.
India's Digital Divide – The Digital Empowerment Foundation in Delhi has been using unused spectrum to supply remote tribal regions with wireless Internet and has been training tribal people to operate it. Pictured are tribals in Madhya Pradesh being trained in how to manage, maintain and monitor a small wireless network.
India's Digital Divide – The aim is to democratize the availability of Internet access in India and address the lack of online content, product and services originating from rural areas.