Delhi emerges as top-ranked state in internet readiness index

By : |April 20, 2017 0
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Delhi has emerged as the top-ranked state in terms of overall “internet readiness” due to better e-infrastructure and e-participation, according to a survey conducted by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and market research firm Nielsen.

As per the report, titled ‘Index of Internet Readiness of Indian States’ national capital is followed by Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Internet readiness index is a composite benchmark of four components, i.e., e-infrastructure, e-participation, IT-environment and government e-services. All four components have been given equal weightage in the model, claims the research report.
Releasing the report, Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, said: “We are hopeful that India will leapfrog from the present 155th position to among the world’s top 5 in terms of connectivity, within the next 5-6 years. India today is one of the most rapidly digitising economies in the world with the telecom industry leading the change.”
The report also highlights the status of digital start-up ecosystem of the states. Karnataka, Delhi and Maharashtra are the top three states with the highest number of digital startups and out of the total 242 start-up incubators in the country, 61 start-up incubators are in Tamil Nadu.

Among the northeastern states, Nagaland tops the list, closely followed by Manipur and Tripura. Nagaland leads in IT environment and performs moderately well in other categories to get to the top.

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“Significantly, even within smaller states, the northeastern states ranked low in terms of overall Internet readiness. Therefore, much more needs to be done in the form of investment and infrastructure development in the region,” the report said.

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