The number of Internet users in India is expected to touch 402 million by December 2015, registering a growth of 49% over last year, says a report compiled by ‘Internet in India 2015’— jointly published by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International*.
The report states that Indians took more than a decade to move from 10 million to 100 million and 3 years from 100 to 200 million, but it took only a year to move from 300 to 400 million users.
In October, India had 375 million users, which is considered as the third largest internet user base in the world. The report estimates that by December, India will overtake the US as the second largest Internet users’ base in the world.
Mobile Internet Base In India Is Growing Constantly
Significantly, there has been a huge growth in the number of people accessing internet on a daily basis in Urban India. Total number of mobile internet users have surged to 80 million by October 2015–growing at 99% over last year.
As on October 2015, 69% of Users are using Internet on a daily basis. This daily user base has gone up by 60% from last year.
The report further suggests that in Urban India, Mobile Internet user base has grown at a rate of 65% over last year to reach 197 million in October 2015. While, the user base of mobile internet users in Rural India is expected to reach 87 million by December 2015 and 109 million by June 2016.
Internet Usage In India: Females Vs Males
According to the report there are 71% male and 29% female internet users in India. The internet usage among males has been growing at a rate of 50% while it is growing at 46% for female users.
However, in urban India, the ratio between male to female Internet users is 62:38. Significantly, Internet users among females in rural areas are growing at a rate of 39% compared to 28% among males. Also, 75% of the rural internet users belong to the age group of 18-30 years.