By the time the internet was introduced, India had about 4,000 internet services.
Today, the country has almost 20,000.
The country has a population of nearly 7.5 billion and there are more than 1.6 billion Indians on the planet.
A study released this week by a think tank suggests that the country’s digital divide is more than a technical problem.
The report, titled “India’s Digital Divide: The Impact of a Digital Future on People, Economy and Society,” says that the gap between rich and poor has widened.
While about 90% of Indians have internet access, the rest have less than a gigabyte of bandwidth.
The report, authored by the think tank India Policy Research Institute, said that there are 2.8 billion people in India with access to the internet.
The median income of Indians is about Rs. 2,000 ($20).
About 1.5 million people are illiterate and the country is among the most economically disadvantaged nations in the world, the report says.
The report says that India’s rural areas are becoming the biggest beneficiaries of the internet’s promise.
Its authors say that the rapid development of digital technologies has also made it easier for the government to promote social mobility.
“India has been able to address the problem of digital inequality through innovative social programs, which have helped millions of people move out of rural poverty and into urban prosperity,” said Anand Shrivastava, the chairperson of the think-tank.