Google Predicts India to add 200 million Internet Users in Next Two Years

In an interview recent interview with WSJ, Google’s country head in India, Rajan Anandan said that Google expects Indian to reach at least 300 million internet users by 2014. Currently, the numbers stand at 100 million but the it is expected to grow mainly because of the new telecom operators who have invested in high-speed wireless infrastructure (hinting the recent impact of 3G and then not so far 4G connectivity) and smartphones become cheaper.

Surprisingly, even without all the new technological advancements India is the third largest Internet market by users, after China and US, with only 8 percent of its entire population wired in. But the search giant also predicts that with the increase in users, making money from online advertisements would be much difficult and the new regulations from the Indian government can be a big hurdle.

Nonetheless the search giant is definitely very interested in India as they finally announced their YouTube Partner Program for Indian video creators. Additionally, India accounts for over 63 million unique visitors every month, it has over 23 million YouTube users and the new Google+ social network from the search giant has the highest number of users from India.


3 thoughts on “Google Predicts India to add 200 million Internet Users in Next Two Years”

  1. indian economy is growing fast , internet education is very imported to boost or support economy 300 million internet user will surely increase internet business .

  2. This is quite interesting.  I think that everywhere the internet is growing but I guess India is supposed to grow a lot.  The speculation of India internet users is increasing as well I think because they are adding a lot already and it should continue to grow.

  3. The implications of this demographic shift are huge. With 300 million internet users by 2014 India will be on track to contest China with sheer number of internet users. As the world continues to “flatten” with technological breakthroughs it will be interesting to see if the development of new software and applications begins to see more contributions from India as more and more Indians get connected to the web.

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