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India Has 121 Million Internet Users, 39 Million 3G Subscribers: Report

Mary Meeker, a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and former Internet analyst, released her latest report on Internet Trends at the recently concluded D10 Conference.

Here are some highlights from the report:

– India has added 69 million Internet users during 2008-2011 and now has 121 million Internet users with a population penetration rate of 10%, recording a 38% YoY growth. China has the highest number of Internet users with 513 million users, adding 215 million users during 2008-11 and a population penetration rate of 38%. Globally there are 2.25 billion Internet users with a population penetration rate of 32% and 663 million Internet users were added during 2008-2011 recording a 8% YoY growth.

– India has 39 million 3G subscriptions as of Q4 2011 with 4% penetration rate and 841% YoY growth. United States has the highest number of 3G subscriptions with 208 million 3G subscriptions with a 64% penetration rate and 31% YoY growth. Globally there are 1.1 billion 3G subscribers with 18% penetration rate and 37% YoY growth.

While the report didn’t reveal any breakdown of the 3G subscriptions, we had recently reported the following numbers for active 3G subscribers: Reliance Communications has 3.2 million (Q4 FY12), Idea has 2.6 million and Airtel has about 9 million 3G subscribers. Vodafone has 35 million data subscriptions including both 2G and 3G subscribers, and from what we hear, between 8 and 9 million are 3G. That’s about 23.8 million of them. We doubt that BSNL, MTNL, Aircel and Tata Tele would have 15 million 3G subscribers between them.

– Mobile Internet usage has surpassed Desktop Internet usage in India during April-May 2012. Although it must be noted that this stat was derived from Statcounter (as indicated in the screenshot below) which stated that it tracks over 900 million page views from Indian IPs per month. When we tried to check the stat for ourselves, we noticed that desktop Internet usage (51.29%) is slightly higher than mobile Internet usage (48.71%) on a monthly basis, as of May 2012. However if we check the daily stats, it looks like mobile Internet usage has surpassed desktop Internet usage on a few days.

– Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) is around 2-5x lower for mobile users than desktop users. Mobile ARPU ($5) for Zynga is one-fifth of its desktop ARPU ($25).

– India’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) stood at 6.9% in 2012, a decline from 7.2% in 2011 and 10.6% in 2010. The global average GDP for 2012 stood at 3.5%, down from 3.9% in 2011 and 5.3% in 2010. India’s GDP accounts to 2% of the world total in 2011.

The full report is as follows:

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