Internet users in India to cross 300 million by December. But our neighboring China is another 300 million users ahead of us
India is all set to have the second highest internet connections as soon as December this year. Thus far it was United States that had the second highest number of people connected to internet. But now India has snatched this position and with 302 million internet users it will become the number 2.
Compared to last year, the number of internet users have gone up by as much as 100 millions. This time last year India had merely close to 200 million people who were connected to the internet, that has gone up to 300 million. But it is going to take India a really long time if it can dream of leaving China, the top nation when it comes to the internet connections in the world.
Though India might have left behind United States of America behind in terms of the number of internet users, nonetheless the United Statesâ€™ completely connected to the net compared to India where only less than 25 percent population seems to be connected to the internet.
The details were published in a report, ‘Internet in India 2014′, is jointly published by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International. The internet in India took more than a decade to move from 10 million to 100 million and three years from 100 to 200 million. However, it took only a year to move from 200 to 300 million users, it said. According to the report, the number of internet users in urban India has grown by 29% from October 2013 to reach 177 million in October 2014. It is expected to reach 190 million by December 2014 and 216 million by June 2015.
In rural areas too things seem to be improving. Compared to last year in rural India, internet users have increased significantly by 39% to reach 101 million in October 2014. It is expected to reach 112 million by December 2014 and 138 million by June 2015. “In October 2014, there were 278 million internet users in India. Currently, India has the third largest internet users’ base in the world but it is estimated that by December 2014, India will overtake the US as the second largest Internet users’ base in the world,” the study said. China currently leads with more than 600 million internet users while the US currently has an estimated 279 million internet users.