The number of internet users in India is expected to reach 40.2 crore by 2015, registering a growth of 49% over last year, says the industry body IAMAI. About 30.6 crore user will access the internet from their mobile devices, up from 27.6 crore last year, according to the report by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB.
While the internet in India took more than a decade to move from 1 crore to 10 crore and 3 years from 10 crore to 20 crore, it took only a year to move from 30 crore to 40 crore users. Clearly, the internet is becoming the mainstream in India today says the report. This figure is expected to surge to 46 crore by June next year as more people come online, especially through their mobile devices.
The total internet user base stood at over 30 crore in December last year, which grew to 37.5 crore by October this year. Currently, India has the third largest internet user base globally but by December, it will overtake the US (as the second-largest base). China currently leads with more than 60 crore internet users.
Further, the mobile internet user base in urban India has grown 65% over last year to reach 19.7 crore, while the rural user base surged 99% to 8 crore by October this year. This is expected to grow to 21.9 crore (urban) and 8.7 crore (rural), respectively.