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'Internet users count in India may reach 50 cr in 5-8 months': Ravi Shankar Prasad

Indore, Jan 18: The number of Internet users in the country is expected to go up to 50 crore, from the present over 40 crore, in next 5-8 months, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

The number of people using Internet has crossed 40 crore in the country at present. I am expecting this number to go up to 50 crore in next 5-8 months.

"According to our estimate, out of these, 70 per cent people are going to access Internet through mobile phones," Prasad said here at an Indore Management Association function.

About 100 crore people, out of the population of India of nearly 125 crore, have mobile phones, the minister said, adding that every month, 20-35 lakh mobile users are added.

"The NDA government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is trying to awaken the efficiency and innovation in the public. We are constantly simplifying the government policies and procedures for good governance and development," he said.

"Former Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government is known for construction of National Highways. The present Prime Minister Narendra Modi government will be known for setting up Information Highways," Prasad said.

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