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India to overtake US internet user base by this December.

New Delhi, India | Red Newswire | Source: ET Bureau | 17 Nov, 2015 10:43 PM IST.

India will have the second largest number of internet users worldwide, overtaking US by December 2015. The internet user base in India will end 50% higher compared to a year ago, by end 2015, that is 402 million users, ahead of US and behind China’s 600 million users.

According to Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB, the number of Internet users in India is expected to reach 402 million by December 2015, registering a growth of 49% over 2014.

While Internet in India took more than a decade to move from 10 million to 100 million and three years from 100 to 200 million, it took only a year to move from 300 to 400 million users. Clearly, Internet is mainstream in India today, said IAMAI in a statement. The large internet users base is definitely a good news for the overall growth of the digital industry, e-commerce and internet startups.

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In October 2015, there were 375 million internet users in India. Currently, India has the third largest internet users’ base in the word but it is estimated that by December, India will overtake the US as the second largest Internet users’ base in the world. China currently leads with more than 600 million internet users. This makes India the second largest internet user’s base in the world behind China, but is ranked first as the largest internet users in a free market democratic setup.

According to the report, 71% male and 29% female are Internet users in India. The Internet usage among males has been growing at a rate of 50% while it is growing at 46% for female users. However, in Urban India, the ratio between male to female Internet users is 62:38.

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Significantly, Internet users among females are growing at a rate of 39% compared to 28% among males.

(Source: ET Bureau.)

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