India has recently been tagged as the world's third largest internet using country and it has bypassed Japan which was occupying the position till now. However, China and United States still seems to be on the top two positions. Multiple reports suggests that the three fourth users from the entire population actually comes from the age group under 35 years.
According to the comScore report, currently, India now has about 74 million internet users. However, these users are based just on PC and laptop internet usage. The statistics further suggest an increase of 31 percent over March 2012. But the fact is that most of the people in India comes from smartphone users.
Hence, according to Internet World Stats, India currently has 137 million internet users.
On the other hand, according to a recent report from TRAI, the total internet subscribers in the country is about 164.8 million till March 31, 2013, which nearly double the number. Surely, almost close to half of the population access internet through their smartphones. China has the largest number of internet users all over the world. Its online user count is nearly 5 times larger than the number of Indian users, according to the comScore report.
In talks with The Hindu, Nilotpal Chakravarti, spokesperson of the Internet and Mobile Association of India, said "Mobile phone based Internet usage is a key component of Indian Internet usage, and I'd say the recent growth is being driven by mobile Internet usage,".
Most of the sites that make Indians quite active online are, Google sites, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft and Wikimedia, Linkedin and Twitter. Google is by far the most popular search engine, accounting for 90 per cent of all searches in India.