India has emerged as the fastest growing country of Internet users, surpassing growth rates in the US, China and Japan, and has been ranked as the eighth largest country in terms of Netizens. The number of people using Internet worldwide grew by 10 percent in the year till January to 747 million people, with India topping the growth charts with a 33 percent jump, an Indian private news channel reported here quoting a study.
According to data compiled by Internet usage tracking firm Comscore Networks, India had over 21 million Internet users aged over 15 years at the end of January, as against below 16 million a year ago. While the US has retained its position being home to the world’s biggest online population with over 153 million total Internet users, it registered a marginal growth of just two percent in a year. China has emerged as the second biggest Internet population with 86.8 million users, followed by Japan with 53.6 million, Germany with 32 million and the UK with 30 million in the top five. India has been ranked eighth ahead of countries like Canada, Italy, Brazil, Spain, Russia, the Netherlands and Mexico.
However, the growth rate in India was far ahead of countries having a much larger online population like the US, UK, Japan, Germany, South Korea, France, Spain and the Netherlands which registered only single-digit growth rates. Internet users outside the US now account for 80 percent of the world’s online population, with rapidly developing countries experiencing double-digit growth rates year-on-year, Comscore Networks Europe Managing Director Bob Ivins said.