There are only 600 cybercafes in Mumbai, as per this report in BusinessWeek, down from 2000 in 2006. As per a CII-IMRB report, the growth of cybercafes has declined as well - down to 20 percent growth, from 60 percent growth in 2004-05, but that was obviously on a smaller base. They've estimated that there are 180,000 cybercafes in the country. And I wouldn't be surprised if even this figure is bloated: -- Classification as a Cybercafe: I wonder how they've classified cybercafes - how many computers, on an average, make a cybercafe? How many of these are single PC outlets? -- Efficacy of data: Secondly, how is this data collected? Sify might claim 3000 cybercafes, but eight months ago, one of the iWays listed near my home wasn't even set up (I just checked, and it is operational now). Note how shoddy Sify's iWay list is, with fake contact numbers (0, 1231321, 111111) , and cybercafes not even operational yet.* -- Adding Cybercafes, or mostly conversations: while Sify is focusing on smaller iWays - e-Ports - many of their cybercafes are actually conversions of unbranded cybercafes, and not new additions (source). I've written previously about how the decline in wireline subscribers isn't a healthy trend for India. WiMax appears to be everyone's bet for broadband growth, people forget that WiMax will have a gestation period, isn't going to come cheap, and is more likely to convert people from wired broadband first. Spectrum hasn't yet been sold, and mass infrastructure…
- The Fine Line: Regulating Real Money Gaming in India #QuickTake February 4, 2023
- Join the Club: Along with Telegram, WhatsApp Also Faces Copyright Infringement Cases at Delhi HC February 4, 2023
- Microsoft Teams Premium to incorporate ChatGPT: 4 key take aways February 3, 2023
- Update: Supreme Court Asks Indian Govt to Produce Records Issued To ‘Block’ BBC Documentary February 3, 2023
- RTI: Nearly 5,000 URLs blocked under Section 69A in the first 10 months of 2022 February 3, 2023
MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.
India's smartphone operating system BharOS has received much buzz in the media lately, but does it really merit this attention?
After using the Mapples app as his default navigation app for a week, Sarvesh draws a comparison between Google Maps and Mapples
The regulatory ambivalence around an instrument so essential to facilitate data exchange – the CM framework – is disconcerting for several reasons.
The provisions around grievance redressal in the Data Protection Bill "stands to be dangerously sparse and nugatory on various counts."
Please subscribe to MediaNama. Don't share prints and PDFs.
You May Also Like
Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...
135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...
Twitter takes down tweets from MP, MLA, editor criticising handling of pandemic upon government request
By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...