The country's Internet subscriber base stood at 38 lakh customers on September 30, 2002, with VSNL and Satyam leading the race amongst Internet service providers, with subscriber strength of six lakh each.
According to the latest data released by Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) on Sunday, the total subscriber base in the country stood at 38 lakh as on September, 2002 while the total number of operational ISPs in the country was 212 against an estimated 570 licenses issued.
"The Internet growth is showing signs of stagnation, based on the figures of the previous quarters. The industry is trying to identify barriers to growth, and a major factor seems to be lack of PC population. Also, new technologies such as DSL and cable are not being utilized fully", said Amitabh Singhal, secretary of ISPAI. Singhal, however, pointed out that the cyber cafés had been showing good signs of growth.
According to ISPAI data, VSNL and Satyam had a subscriber base of six lakh each, while state-owned MTNL had four lakh subscribers.
During the period in reference, the subscriber base of Bharti and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd was pegged at two lakh and 2.5 lakh respectively, according to the data.
As on September 30, 2002, as many as 93 Internet Telephony Service Provider (ITSP) licenses had been issued.