Internet usage in India – Statistics & Facts
With over 460 million internet users, India is the second largest online market, ranked only behind China. By 2021, there will be about 635.8 million internet users in India. Despite the large base of internet users in India, only 26 percent of the Indian population accessed the internet in 2015. This is a significant increase in comparison to the previous years, considering the internet penetration rate in India stood at about 10 percent in 2011. Furthermore, men dominated internet usage in India with 71 percent to women’s 29 percent.
This statistic provides information on the number of internet users in India from 2015 to 2022. In 2017. This figure is projected to grow to 511.89 million internet users in 2022. The majority of India’s internet users are mobile phone internet users, who take advantage of cheap alternatives to expensive landline connections that require desktop PCs and infrastructure.
This statistic presents the digital population in India as of January 2017. During this period of time, it was found that India hat 462.1 million internet users, of which 442.7 million were mobile internet users.
This statistic gives information on the mobile internet penetration in India from 2015 to 2022. In 2017, 23.93 percent of the population accessed the internet from their mobile phone. This figure is expected to grow to 34.85 percent in 2022.
The Internet is perceived predominantly as a requirement for the youth in both rural and urban India with activities like social networking, entertainment etc. being the main purpose for using internet Real digitalization of India can only occur when internet transcends being a mode of entertainment and becomes a necessity for daily life. Urban India is fast adopting e-commerce, digital payments, online ticketing/cab booking, etc. that makes the internet an integral part of daily life.
Even though these services are fast growing in popularity, they are still limited in their spread and scope, especially in the rural heartlands. For these services to prosper there is a need for better connectivity and stronger IT infrastructure in the rural sectors, an extension of e-governance and other services in digital form.