With 81 million Internet users India is at the 4th place globally. The statistic is for Internet users and not for Internet connections. Which means, the users are possibly using Internet centers or office to access the Internet. While it is not clear how the figure is arrived at but for a country with at least 300 million of working population and many more to join, the figure looks less yet promising. US which has a population of 300 + million has a 220 million Internet users. No wonder most of the diggs on digg.com are US related.
Here is the top 10 list :
- USA has 220 million users
- China has 210 million users
- Japan has 88.1 million user
- India has 81 million users
- Brazil has 53 million users
- UK has 40.2 million users
- Germany has 39.1 million users
- Korea has 35.5 million users
- Italy has 32 million users
- France has 31.5 million users.
When it comes to broadband connections India does not feature in the top 10. Internet subscribers in India are 13.5 million and broadband subscribers are 5 million (I could not understand the difference). Though these statistics are debatable for India, they do have a trend.
Internet Users > Internet subscribers > Broadband subscribers.
Though Internet is important for 81 million people only 5 million have a broadband connection. Which means either they cannot afford a PC and hence the connection or they don’t think it is important. Compare this with US which has 73 million Internet connections for 220 million users.
What do you think about this Internet trend in India? Would WiMax solve Internet penetration problem for India?