According to a recent report ‘Internet in India 2014’, the number of internet users in India is expected to reach 302 million by December 2014, with a year-on-year growth of 32%.

It took almost a decade for internet in India to move from 10 million to 100 million and three years to move from 100 to 200 million. However, it took only a year to move from 200 to 300 million users, as per the report.

“In October 2014, there were 278 million internet users in India. Currently, India has the third largest internet users’ base in the world but it is estimated that by December 2014, India will overtake the US as the second largest internet users’ base in the world,” the study said.

However, China with 600 million internet users still spots the first position while the US currently with an estimated 279 million internet users, ranks second.

Talking about the number of internet users in urban India, it has grown by 29% from October 2013 to reach 177 million in October 2014, as revealed by the report. The number however is expected to reach a mark of 190 million by December 2014 and 216 million by June 2015.

But then if we look at the scenario in rural India, the number of internet users has increased significantly by 39% to reach 101 million in October 2014, in compare to last year.

The report also emphasized on the purposes people in Urban India are using internet primarily for. According to the study, 93% internet users in urban India use it primarily for search, followed by online communication and social networking.

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However, internet users in rural India use internet primarily for entertainment, followed by communication and social networking.

Source: The Times Of India

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