Currently, India has the third-largest Internet userbase in the world but with the estimated growth, the country will overtake the U.S. as the second-largest Internet userbase in the world by December-end. At present, China leads with more than 600 million Internet users, while the U.S. has an estimated 279 million users.
“The Internet in India took more than a decade to move from 10 million to 100 million and 3 years from 100 million to 200 million.
“However, it took only a year to move from 200 to 300 million users. Clearly, Internet is mainstream in India today,” IAMAI-IMRB said in a statement.
Of the 278 million users, 177 million are in urban India, higher by 29 percent from last year. This is expected to reach 190 million by December 2014 and 216 million by June 2015.
In rural India, the number of Internet users increased by 39 percent to reach 101 million in October 2014. It is expected to reach 112 million by December 2014 and 138 million by June 2015. (PTI)