Report: Internet Users In India Is Expected To Reach 243 Million By 2014
The users of internet in India is expected to grow by 18.53 percent in the next few months, which will reach 24.3 crore by June 2014. With this, India is also expected to be the second largest Internet base in the world.
“The report estimates that by June 2014, India will have 243 million Internet users, at which point of time, it is expected to overtake the US as the second largest Internet base in the world,” the I-Cube 2013 report, released by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International said.
At present, China leads the report with more than 300 million Internet users while the US has an estimated 207 million Internet users. The report said the number of Internet users in India has reached 20.5 crore till October 2013, and after applying some maths India is expected to reach 24.3 crore by mid 2014.
The Internet in India took more than a decade to move from 10 million to 100 million and only 3 years from 100 to 200 million. From here on, we can hope to develop a robust Internet ecosystem with a multitude of local and global players and a thriving Internet economy,” said IAMAI Chairman Rajan Anandan.
The report showed, Internet access from mobile devices will see huge growth in the coming years. “Mobile Internet is going to be the next game changer for Internet in India.” it added. The report also included, that the number of mobile Internet users has witnessed a steady rise, with 11 crore users in October and is estimated to reach 13 crore by the end of December this year.
“Mobile usage and hence, mobile Internet usage has seen huge jump from the 2012 penetration levels. Compared to the 0.4 percent mobile Internet users in 2012, the penetration has grown to 2.4 percent, indicating a substantial growth in the mobile Internet user penetration levels,” the report said.
“Social Networking continues to be the rage with 75 percent of the users engaging in it actively while 69 percent use the Internet for entertainment,” it said. Every second active Internet user claims to have bought something or the other over the Internet,” it added. No doubt, this will further increase when we get good speeds in all part of India!