New Delhi, May 9, 2023: Fifty-two percent of Indians, i.e. 759 million, are ‘active’ internet users, accessing the internet at least once a month, according to he ‘Internet in India Report 2022’, jointly prepared by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and marketing data and analytics company KANTAR
By 2025 the number is expected to grow to 900 million.
This is for the first time that the majority of Indians have become active internet users.
The report also points out that out of 759 million ‘active’ internet users in India for 2022, 399 million are from rural India, while 360 million are from urban India, indicating that rural India continues to drive the growth of the internet in the country.
Urban India, with approximately 71% internet penetration witnessed only 6% growth, with much of the overall gain in numbers coming from rural India which witnessed 14% growth rate over the past one year. It is estimated that 56% of all new internet users in India will be from rural India by 2025.
The Digital Divide, however, continues to plague the positive narrative with a huge disparity in internet penetrations across states, with Bihar (32%) having less than half the level of internet penetration than the leading state Goa (70%).
Even though the gender divide persists till date with 54% male users, it is heartening to note that 57% of all new users in 2022 were females. It is etimated that by 2025, 65% of all new users will be women, which will help correct the gender divide.
The report suggests that digital penetration has improved not only in terms of spread but also in terms of depth. For instance, while 100% of users access the internet via mobile, the use of Other Devices (tablets, streaming devices, ‘smart’ devices) has witnessed a considerable rise over 1 year (from 8% in 2021 to 13% in 2022) as Indians proactively adopt new technologies and services.
In terms of usage, Digital Entertainment, Digital Communications and Social Media continue to be the most popular services in India. In fact, Indians are fast adapting social media platforms as the next ecommerce destination, with a staggering 51% YoY growth in Social Commerce.
Digital Payments has witnessed 13% growth over 2021 to reach an es mated 338 million users, of which 36% are from rural India. 99% of all digital payment users are UPI users.
The ‘Internet in India’ report based on the ICUBE 2022 study, covering over 86,000+ households across all states and Union Territories of India (barring Lakshadweep), is an annual report which is the most comprehensive survey of internet usage in the country. The report is jointly prepared by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and KANTAR, the world’s leading marketing data and analytics company.
Established in 2004, the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) is a not-for-profit industry body and the country's only organization representing the digital services industry with over 500 Indian and multinational corporations as its members, which include established companies in diverse sectors of the digital ecosystem as well as start-ups.
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