The race to see which countries are most connected in the world to the Internet is changing quickly. Of course China is currently in the number position holding down a steady 600 million users, while the United States has always been second with 279 million users. What is new and astounding is that India which has always been ranked third currently has 213 million users as of last December. The rapid growth in the Internet community in India has sky-rocketed the amount of users that it has to a predicted 302 million users by the end of December. What is so fascinating about this growth is that it took 10 years to grow from 10 million to 100 million, and just three years to grow from 100 to 300 million. The growth of the Internet industry can largely be attributed to the rapid growth of infrastructure, use of internet in rural areas, and the connectivity of people’s mobile devices to the Internet.
In my opinion what is so wonderful about this new found growth of the Internet in India is that it will give the chance for globalization to make its way to the heart of the rural areas. It is said that the main reason why the rural areas have seen growth is for entertainment, communication, and social networking purposes. The academic in me feels this gives the opportunity to many children in the rural communities to have better access to information. Information and education for growth in a developing country is vital to expanding the economy. Communication also connects many of the areas of the country and no longer leaves individuals in a so called dark zone.
In China currently only 45.8 percent of individuals have access to the Internet, while in the United States 81.0 percent, and in India only 25 percent. It seems that the United States is doing the best job of supplying the Internet to its citizens, while India is still at the bottom. I can only dream of the day when the term the “World Wide Web” actually means the entire world. The connectedness of the world is growing rapidly and I can only imagine what it will do for the Internet and entertainment industries. For further information click here.