India online population beats other countries

By agencies   |   Thursday, 17 August 2006, 07:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: The Internet bug has hit the country in a real big way. A US based technology research reveals that the online population in India is increasing rapidly, beating other behemoths like U.S, China, Japan and Germany.

Comscore Network, the research firm which has revealed this confirms that the total online population in India, measured in terms of people aged over 15 years accessing internet, rose 7.8 percent to 18.02 million in June, from 16.71 million three months ago in March.

Surprisingly, the figure excludes traffic from public computers such as cyber cafes and access from cell phones or PDAs. The figure could be higher if those aged below 15 years and the public computer data and mobiles were considered.

According to the report published on Wednesday, China witnessed the second-biggest jig of 5.22 percent; Russia witnessed 5.14 percent growth, while online population of Japan, Korea, Canada and Brazil escalated by 2-4 percent.

Regardless of a decline in expansion, UK retained its position as the fifth biggest country in terms of online population at 29.83 million.

Italy climbed down the list losing its ninth position to India with a total of 16.85 million web users. Netherlands also fell a notch below its 13 position in the listing with 10.86 million users. Microsoft sites are at the zenith, being the top web property universally in June with nearly 500 million visitors out of the total 713 million web users in the world. Yahoo and Google sites were ranked at second and third positions with more than 450 million visitors each in the month of June.

ebay and Time Warner sites gathered more than 200 million users whilst Wikipedia, Ask Network, Amazon, Adobe, Apple Computers, lycos, Cnet Networks , Monster, Real.Com and Myspace.Com managed to be in the top 15 online properties worldwide.

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