The total number of active Internet users in India is a big mystery (see the top confusions in digital space in India) and the number ranges from 25 million to 50 million; and the latest report by I-cube pegs the number to 71 million users who used Internet in 2009 [report has taken data from September 2008 – 2009 into account].
Active users, those who use internet at least once a month according the international standards of reckoning, rose from 42 million in September 2008 to 52 million in September 2009 according to the study, registering a year on year growth of 19%.
Few interesting stats:
- The report claims that the Internet usage has gone up from 9.3 hrs/week to 15.7 hrs/week i.e. a steep 70% rise – primarily due to more entertainment content, content delivery etc [details here].
- 37% Internet access happens from cybercafes, followed by 30% who access from offices and 23% from home.
- Around 4% browse the net via mobile phone (read: Mobile Internet Users in India – Only 2 Million are Serious Users [Report])
The study was conducted across 31 cities in the country covering 19,000 households, 68,000 individuals and 500 cybercafes.
Aside, these numbers do not hold any significant meaning.
If you plan to build an Internet business, you can build an Internet business in India [that’s what we demonstrated at UnPluGGd event], so take all of these stats with a pinch of salt/sugar [at your preference].
Also see: Majority of Indian Internet users aren’t sure of Internet’s utility?