Baku, September 16, AZERTAC
India has overtaken the US to become the world’s second largest internet market, with 333 million users, trailing China’s 721 million, according to the hindu business line.
India also recently overtook the US to become the world’s second-largest smartphone market, with an estimated 260 million mobile broadband subscriptions. But India is also among the countries with a large population that is yet to get access to Internet services.
A new report released by the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development also confirms that just six nations, including China and India, together account for 55 per cent of the total global population still offline.
While internet access is approaching saturation in richer nations, connectivity is still not advancing fast enough to help bridge development gaps in areas such as education and healthcare for those in poorer parts of the world, according to the 2016 edition of The State of Broadband report said.
Globally, an estimated 3.9 billion people are not using the internet.