The number of Internet users in India is expected to rise 18.53 percent in the coming eight months to reach 24.3 crore by June 2014, on the back of higher adoption of mobiles as a means to access the Internet, a report Wednesday said. India is also expected to overtake the US as the second largest Internet base in the world by the same time.
“The report estimates that by June 2014, India will have 243 million Internet users, at which point of time, it is expected to overtake the US as the second largest Internet base in the world,” the I-Cube 2013 report, released by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International said. At present, China leads with more than 300 million Internet users while the US has an estimated 207 million Internet users.
“The Internet in India took more than a decade to move from 10 million to 100 million and only 3 years from 100 to 200 million. From here on, we can hope to develop a robust Internet ecosystem with a multitude of local and global players and a thriving Internet economy,” said IAMAI Chairman Rajan Anandan. The report said Internet access from mobile devices will see huge growth in the coming years.