India will overtake U.S. in Internet Reach By 2014

SI Team
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
SI Team
India has crossed the 200 million threshold for internet users in October and is expected to reach 243 million by June 2014, overtaking the U.S. as the world's second largest internet base after China according to a recent report. With China holding the first rank in the world by
being hugely populated with around 300 million people who use internet in China; the U.S. currently comes in second with 207 million users. India, at present has 207 million internet users, but according to IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India), there are 205 million people who are not active users but only use the internet once a month. However, as per the statement given by Nilotpal Chakravarti who is the Associate Vice-President, IAMAI;
keeping India's current infrastructure in mind, India is really doing well in internet scenario. "There is every reason to believe that they will turn into active users in the near future."

Internet penetration in India is mainly through mobile phones, as even the cheapest and basic handsets also offer access to the internet. 70 percent of the rural India's internet user
populations access the web through their mobile phones. English language could be a barrier for internet use in rural India as they prefer to use it in local languages. College goers are the largest internet users and young men are behind in tally.

Indians mainly use internet for communication as in the form of email and social media. This is indicated with India having 82 million monthly active users of Facebook. Evidently, the statistics further throw light that the second
largest geographical region for the Facebook after the U.S. and Canada as Facebook does not operate in China. So, the report by IMAI can stand true that India is expected to reach
243 million internet users by June 2014, overtaking the U.S. as the world's second largest internet base after China.
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