India has now crossed the 200 million mark in terms of number of Internet users. After reaching 205 million in October, the country is expected to have about 213 million users by the year end, according to a report released by the Internet and Mobile Association Of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International, yesterday.
Where does the country rank globally?
India has now cemented its position as the third largest Internet user-base in the world with these new numbers. The country is catching up with China, who is at first place with 300 million and the US, who comes second with about 207 million, according to the report.
India's rural and urban spread.
Urban India contains the majority of Internet users with a number of 137 million in October. The number is expected to touch 141 million by December. Moving on to rural India, it stood at 68 million in October and is expected to to cross 72 million by the year-end.
"This phenomenal growth will spark off new web-based startups in the consumer Internet space. Travel and e-commerce are areas to watch-out for," said Subho Ray, president of IAMAI.
Reports indicate that the next wave of spontaneous growth will not even touch PCs. Instead, they will come from Internet users who access the worldwide web from mobile devices. This prediction makes sense since most of the recent growth in the Indian Internet user base comes from college goers and youngsters, all of whom prefer accessing the social network from their mobile phones.