India Now Has 352 Million Internet Users

03/09/2015 8:56 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
Jamyang Palden, a 30-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monk uses his laptop to access his email at a cafe with WiFi connection in Dharmsala, India, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Buffeted by constant cyberattacks, monks like Palden are being taught a new Information Age creed: ‘Detach from Attachments.’ The Internet safety slogan is an example of how human rights defenders are seeking creative ways to protect activists from electronic espionage. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)

NEW DELHI — India has added 52 million Internet users in first six months of the year, taking the total user base to 352 million as on June 30, 2015, industry body IAMAI has said.

Interestingly, 213 million (over 60 per cent) users accessed the worldwide web through mobile devices.

"Internet (in India) has reached an inflection point. The consolidated numbers affirm the fact that Internet in India has now become inclusive, which augurs well for the industry and society at large," the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) said in a statement.

The number of Internet users has grown over 26 per cent from 278 million in October 2014. The number of mobile Internet users has also grown about 40 per cent from 159 million users in October last year.

"The Internet in India took more than a decade to move from 10 million to 100 million and 3 years from 100 to 200 million. However, it took only a year to move from 200 to 300 million users. Clearly, Internet is mainstream in India today," it said.

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