By 2017, India To Have 348 Million Internet Users

internetAccording to a recent Visuals Networking Index (VNI) forecast (2012-17) by Cisco, Internet traffic in India will reach 2.5 exabytes per month in 2017, up from 393 petabytes per month in 2012. As per the forecast, India will have around 348 million Internet users in 2017, up from 138 million in 2012.

The report found that by 2017, internet users will swell to 3.6 billion globally, which will be more than 48 per cent of the world’s projected population of 7.6 billion. In 2012, worldwide Internet users stood at 2.3 billion against a population of 7.2 billion.

Commenting on the insights Robert Pepper, Cisco VP (Global Technology Policy) said,”The good news is that Internet traffic growth in India is the fastest globally. While there is a great willingness on the part of the government and the industry to drive broadband penetration and ensure Internet access, but still there is a lot to be done. As people, devices and data get connected, the possibilities it opens are immense.”

According to the report, internet traffic in India will grow 6-fold from 2012 to 2017, a compound annual growth rate of 44 per cent. During the same period, internet video users will skyrocket to 113 million (excluding mobile-only). The report added,”In 2012, in India, non-PC accounted for 10 per cent of the IP traffic, but by 2017, the non-PC share will grow to 53 per cent.”

While portable devices like smartphones and tablets will contribute 40 per cent to IP traffic in 2017, TV’s share will be 10 per cent and machine-to-machine (M2M) modules will contribute 3 per cent. The report forecasts that Indian mobile data traffic will grow 4 times faster than Indian fixed IP traffic from 2012 to 2017. While mobile will contribute to 32 per cent of total IP traffic in 2017, the report forecasts that there will be 2 billion networked devices in 2017 in India, up from 1 billion in 2012.

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