The number of people on the Internet has crossed 1 billion last December. That means one-sixth of the world population is on the net. Is that a good news or a bad news? There are 2 ways to look at it. 1 billion out of 6+ billion population is on the net. The other way is only 15% of the population is on the net and we still have a long way to go. Any which way we have work to do.
The top 10 list is not a surprise. The list is dominated by the developed nations and the emerging economies alike. BRIC Countries Brazil, Russia,India and China are in the top 10 net users with China topping the list.
United States, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, France and South Korea are the among the developed nations. There is a linkage between the economy and the connectivity. If the country is connected the economy is developing and vice versa.
Top 10 list :
- China : 179.7 million
- United States : 163.3
- Japan : 60.0 million
- Germany : 37.0 million
- United Kingdom : 36.7 million
- France : 34.0 million
- India : 32.1 million
- Russia : 29.0 million
- Brazil : 27.7 million
- South Korea : 27.3 million
India with 32.1 million users is at the 7th position. There were lot of estimates for Indian connectivity and none seem realistic. 32 million to me is more realistic. 32 million Internet users for a country of 1.2 billion population is less when compared with China’s Internet population of 179.7 million.
China, after beating the US in Olympics has beaten US one more time in the Internet population. A good indication that American hegemony is being challenged. America’s innovation in the past 20 years came from its connectivity. The Microsoft’s and Google’s are fruits of its universities high speed broadband. Just imagine what China can do with its new found connectivity.
Looking at the trend the work has to be done in India and China because of the demographics. There is only so much which can be done in the United States where more than 50% of America is online.
For its outsourcing strength, English speaking abilities and the growing talent pool, shouldn’t India be more connected?