Internet Penetration & Speed in India

” State of the Internet” report is in the latest quarterly study by Akamai Technologies, the US-based internet content distribution giant.

India, says the report, has an average internet connection speed of just 772 Kbps compared with the global average of 1.5 Mbps.

India ranks 93rd globally for broadband adoption (with 3.74 per cent connections at speeds over 2 Mbps) and is positioned at 55th globally for narrowband adoption (with 25.8 per cent of connections at speeds below 256 Kbps).

The report also notes that the number of unique IPs or internet addresses from India grew 42.91 per cent year-on-year, to 2.63 million.

Source: Akamai Report, 2009


There are around 55.5 million Internet users (2008 figures), as compared to 376 million mobile subscribers in India

The number of Internet-enabled mobile phones is still small (estimated to be around 15-20 per cent of all handsets)

Source: Business Standard, 2009


India had as on September 2008 45.3 million active internet users. Active internet users are those who have used the internet at least once in the last one month – this is an internationally accepted benchmark for enumerating internet users. Urban users continue to dominate internet use contributing to 42 million of the 45 million odd users.

In September last 2007, the number of active internet users in urban India was 36 million showing a year on year growth of less than 13 per cent. The study also found that the number of “claimed” internet users in September 2008 was 57 million compared with 48 million in September 2007, recording a less than 10 per cent growth. Claimed users are those who have used the internet sometime but not in the last one month.

Source: Study by IMRB & IAMAI

============================================================ (IWS), a website that combines multiple data sources. IWS combined data from the UN’s International Telecommunications Union, Nielsen Online, GfK and US Census Bureau, and its latest global figures puts the number of internet users in the world at 1,596,270,108.

According to IWS, the top 5 countries with the most internet users are:

1 – China (298,000,000 users, or 22.4 percent of their population)
2 – US (227,190,989, or 74.7 percent)
3 – Japan (94,000,000, or 73.8 percent)
4 – India (81,000,000, or 7.1 percent)
5 – Brazil (67,510,400, or 34.4% percent)

Source: Yahoo India – 30th July ‘2009

Forrester Report

The number of internet users worldwide is expected to touch 2.2 billion by 2013 and India is projected to have the third largest online population during the same time, says a report. “The number of people online around the world will grow more than 45 per cent to 2.2 billion users by 2013 and Asia will continue to be the biggest Internet growth engine.

“… India will be the third largest internet user base by 2013 – with China and the US taking the first two spots, respectively,” technology and market research firm Forrester Research said in a report. Globally, there were about 1.5 billion Internet users in the year 2008.

Titled ‘Global Online Population Forecast, 2008 to 2013’, the report noted that emerging markets like India would see a growth of 10 to 20 per cent by 2013.
“In some of the emerging markets in Asia such as China, India and Indonesia, the average annual growth rates will be 10 to 20 per cent over the next five years (2008-13),” the report said. India’s number of Internet users was estimated to be 52 million in 2008.

Source: Times of India & Forrester Research – 21 July ‘2009
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