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India Has 137 Million Internet Users & 44 Million Smartphone Subscribers: Report


Mary Meeker, a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) and former Internet analyst, has released her latest report on Internet Trends called ‘2012 KPCB Internet Trends Year-End Update’. She noted that this report provides an update to the Internet trends report released in June 2012.

Here are some highlights from the report:

– India has added 88 million Internet users during 2008-2012 and now has 137 million Internet users, recording a 26% growth year-on-year (YoY).  The population penetration rate for India stood at 11%. China continues to have the highest number of Internet users with 538 million users, adding 282 million Internet users during 2008-2012 and a population penetration rate of 40%. Globally, there are 2.4 billion Internet users with a 8% growth YoY and a population penetration rate of 35%. Around 902 million Internet users were added during 2008-2012.

– India has 44 million smartphone subscribers as of Q4 2012, recording a 52% growth YoY. However smartphones account for only 4% of the total subscribers. China has the highest number of smartphone subscribers for the quarter with 270 million subscribers, recording a 50% YoY growth and 24% penetration rate. Globally, there are 1.1 billion smartphone subscribers as of Q4 2012, recording a 42% YoY growth and a 17% penetration rate.

– Mobile Internet usage has surpassed Desktop Internet usage in India in May 2012, as indicated in the previous report. However it must be noted that this stat was derived from StatCounter which claims of tracking over 900 million page views from Indian IPs per month as of June 2012.

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At the time of writing this article, we noticed that Mobile Internet accounts for 59.36% of the total Internet usage in India, as of December 2012, while Desktop Internet accounted for 40.64% of the total Internet usage in India. Globally, Mobile Internet accounts for 13.95% of the Internet traffic as of December 2012, while Desktop Internet accounts for 86.05% of the total Internet traffic.

It’s however worth noting that StatCounter has stopped including Internet usage through tablets and consoles in desktop stats from August 2012. While it’s not clear how significant was the tablet or the console Internet usage, we noticed that there hasn’t been any considerable drop in the desktop usage for the succeeding month i.e. September 2012.

– iOS and Android have a 45% global market share of the operating system shipments while Wintel (Windows Computers running on Intel x86 processors) has 35% global market share.

The full report is as follows: