If the number of internet users is an indicator, the city of Mumbai has another reason to reaffirm its place as the financial capital of India. The city was found to have the highest number of internet users in India, their total count being estimated at 16.4 million.
The number of web users in Mumbai is indeed a huge figure for a country like ours where the level of internet penetration is counted among the lowest in the world. Total number of internet users in India has been estimated to be 243 million, taking into account both computer devices and mobile internet. These figures were released by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), a ten-year-old association of digital businesses across the country.
Delhi, with a user base of 12.1 million was a distant second.
The survey was aimed at studying internet usage in top eight Indian cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Pune.
With 16.6 million users out of total 243 million in India coming from Mumbai indicates that 6.74% of the web users in India are from Mumbai, a city which accounts for less than 2% of the population (1.67%, to be precise).
Mumbai has retained its position at the top of the list- it was placed at the same position with 12 million users last year.
Delhi has seen a tremendous increase in the number of users but remains a distant second, having been outdistanced by Mumbai by a huge margin.
Kolkata, which was placed at No. 5 last year, has risen to the third spot with the number of web users in the city rising from 4.7 to 6.27 million during the last one year.
A total of 58.81% of India’s internet users is from these eight biggest cities. Almost a quarter of internet users in India, that implies, come from eight cities.
The five top cities among the smaller metros with a population above one million with the highest number of internet users are Surat, Jaipur, Lucknow, Vadodara and Nagpur.
Overall, the twelve smaller metros (cities with a population exceeding one billion) have 18.67 million web users, accounting for 11% of total users in India.
Comparing the Growth Rate
Delhi, with a growth rate of 50%, has added new users to its existing base at the fastest rate among these top eight Indian cities.
The city of Mumbai registered a much lower Y-o-Y growth rate of 36% when compared to the national capital, though its sits pretty on the top.
Chennai with a 24% growth rate was the slowest growing city in terms of internet usage.
In the last two years, India has recorded a phenomenal growth in terms of internet users. After China and US, India is current the third largest country by the number of internet users. It has also been reported that India will take over US by the end of 2014. The unprecedented growth of internet users has created many opportunities for the countrymen, especially in the space of eCommerce, Social Media and Support. E-commerce alone is estimated to create nearly 1.5 lakh jobs in the country over a period of next three years.