Smart­phone users to rise to 65 cr in 2019

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New Delhi: The num­ber of smart­phone users is ex­pected to touch 65 crore in 2019, up from 40 crore in 2017, the Min­istry of Elec­tron­ics and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (MeitY) said on Sun­day.

As per an in­fo­graphic re­leased from the of­fi­cial Twit­ter han­dle of the Dig­i­tal In­dia ini­tia­tive, around 117.82 crore mo­bile con­nec­tions ex­ist in In­dia, out of which 102.57 crore con­nec­tions are ac­tive ac­cord­ing to the Vis­i­tor Lo­ca­tion Reg­is­ter (VLR).

Among the 40 crore smart­phone users in the coun­try, 94% users ac­cess in­ter­net on their phones.

The min­istry also noted that In­dia is emerg­ing as a ma­jor mo­bile man­u­fac­tur­ing hub with 82 new mo­bile and com­po­nent man­u­fac­tur­ing units es­tab­lished across the coun­try.

This falls in line with the Dig­i­tal In­dia pro­gramme, a flag­ship pro­gramme of the gov­ern­ment, launched with a vi­sion to trans­form In­dia

into a dig­i­tally em­pow­ered so­ci­ety and knowl­edge econ­omy.

The pro­gramme was rolled out to en­sure e-Gov­er­nance in the coun­try and pro­mote in­clu­sive growth that cov­ers elec­tronic ser­vices, prod­ucts, de­vices and job op­por­tu­ni­ties, thereby en­abling the trans­for­ma­tion of the pub­lic ser­vices ecosys­tem through the use of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy.

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