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India has 55.48-crore ‘actual’ mobile owners

There are 55.48 crore actual mobile users in the country and 14.32 crore internet users, according to a study by research firm Juxt.

'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,' Juxt co-founder Mrutyunjay said.

There are total 77.39 crore functional SIMs with validity but only 64.34 SIMs are being used by 55.48 crore mobile devices owners, the study report said.

IML study finds that there are 14.32 crore internet users in the country.'The number of unique internet users in India, who access internet from their desktop or laptop, smart TV or mobile data connections together stand at around 94.7 million. But when one adds the number of users who also access internet through operators portals such as Airtel Live and Reliance R World, the number goes up to 143.2 million,' Mrutyunjay said.

The study found 2.38 crore individuals access internet from their mobile phones using a data connection such as GPRS or 3G. Out of this, 93 lakh access internet only through mobile phones and around 77 per cent of these users are in rural areas.
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