India is emerging as a forerunner in using the cellphone as a tool to access the Internet, with one in every 11 people logging on to the Web across the world through mobile phones turning out to be an Indian.
The number of people accessing the Internet in India through cellphones has more than doubled in the past one year—making the country home to the fourth-largest population browsing the Web through their mobile handsets, says a new survey.
This also marks a fast evolution of mobile phones from a tool to make calls and send messages, to a platform to seek information on cyber space.
According to data compiled by UK-based Bango Plc., a total of 27% of users logging on to the Internet through mobile phones come from the UK, followed by 21% in the US and about 11% in South Africa.
While Indians account for just 9% of the total number of mobile Web users, it has grown considerably from 4% a year ago, it said in a statement.
“India, with a population of just over 1.1 billion and lack of an established fixed phone line network, relies on mobile phones to stay in touch,” Bango CEO Ray Anderson said.