To put things into perspective, India is home to around 662.9 million women.
Goa tops the charts with 91.2% of 2,030 women surveyed in the state saying they use their own mobile phone. Madhya Pradesh came last, with just 38.5% of 48,410 women surveyed in the state saying the same.
On the occasion of World Telecommunication Day, celebrated on May 17 every year, we take a look at the state of mobile ownership in India.
The larger the state, the lower the percentage
As shown in the graph above, while the percentage rate was higher in smaller states and union territories such as Lakshwadeep, Puducherry, Nagaland and Mizoram, the data showed a contrasting picture in larger states such as Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Use and ownership by age
According to the survey, women’s mobile phone ownership increases with age, from 32% among women aged 15-19 to 65% among women aged 25-29. It then decreases in older women.
Among women with mobile phones, the ability to read text messages declines with age, from 89% among women aged 15-19 to 53% among women aged 40-49.
The survey was conducted among women aged 15 to 49. One of the chapters of the survey also explored women’s empowerment in terms of employment, income, control over income, extent of women’s income relative to that of their husbands and access and the use of a bank account and a mobile phone.