Friday, July 25, 2008

China has more internet users than any other country

According to this report China has now surpassed the U.S.A. in the number of internet users. The number of Chinese with access to internet is now more than 250 million while the US has something like 225 million internet users. In terms of penetration, we can take approximate 73% for the US and 19% for China, which means that China still has a long way to go to achieve internet parity with the US.
Compare that with the Indian internet penetration of about 5.5%. But what is even more worrying for India is that China boasts 22 times more broadband connections than India. And it is broadband which is required to really empower internet users to take full advantage of the capabilities offered, be it government services, e-commerce or media -sharing. Dial-up connections can only go so far. In today's e-society, dial-up users are at the lowest rung of the consumption ladder because their connection limits the usage they can put their internet access to. Internet infrastructure is going to be as important as physical infrastructure for any developing country and India needs to focus on this.

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1 comment:

Indian Home Maker said...

I remember using dial up till 2003, broad band became so readily available in India only in the last five-eight years??
Today builders and developers announce Broadband connections and modular kitchens as the amenities provided... so I am sure it is picking up :)