More than three-quarters of the people aged below 15 in India lack access to basic internet services, according to new data.
India’s digital transformation has led to a massive increase in internet access, with internet access being accessed in almost every household.
But in many cases, it’s not even the basics that people have access, according the report from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
In a country of less than 7.5 billion people, that means less than 1% of the population is connected to the internet.
The report also highlights the need for internet service providers to improve broadband speeds and make them accessible to as many people as possible.
In particular, the report suggests that the government should push for more public ownership of broadband providers.
The country’s internet penetration has been rising slowly, with around 50% of Indians aged between 12-24 having access to a basic internet service, while just 30% have access at all, according TOI.
This is the second time this year that the report has highlighted this issue, with data from March 2017 showing that more than half the population was connected to a broadband service in 2017.
The internet is also a key driver of economic growth in India, as the country’s GDP grew by 7.3% in the first half of 2017 compared to the same period last year.
The report notes that the country will be able to grow its GDP by 9.3%, which is a huge jump from the 3.7% growth seen in 2016.