A decade ago broadband Internet connectivity was regarded as a luxury. But with the increasing penetration of mobile phones-based Internet usage, India is set to become a leading digital economy in the days ahead. A recent report by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB, the number of Internet users in India is expected to reach 402 million by December 2015, by recording a 49 per cent as compared to the statistics achieved in 2014.
The report further revealed that nearly 306 million people out of the estimated number will use Internet via their mobile phone. In October 2015, about 276 million users were accessing Internet through their mobile devices.
As per the IAMAI and IMRB report, “While Internet in India took more than a decade to move from 10 million to 100 million and 3 years from 100 to 200 million, it took only a year to move from 300 to 400 million users. Clearly, Internet is mainstream in India today.”
By June 2016, the report has hinted that Internet user base in the country would go up to 462 million as more people would access Internet on their mobile phones.
The report also revealed that India, which is currently the third largest Internet user base across the globe, may overtake the US to come at the second spot. At present, China is leading the race th more than 600 million Internet users.
While conducting a survey in 35 Indian cities, the IAMAI and IMRB stated that nearly 11.4 million Internet non-users are willing to get onto the digital bandwagon to access the Internet in the next one year.