New Delhi, Jan 14: India is set to add 40 million mobile internet users to its kitty in the next six months, a report said. With this jump, the number of people using mobile internet in India is expected to reach 213 million from 173 million between December 2014 and June 2015.
In rural India, the user base is expected to reach 53 million by the same time, said the report by the Internet and Mobile Association of India and IMRB International.
According to the report, the main reason for the growth in the mobile internet user in rural parts of India is introduction of inexpensive internet enabled mobile handsets, value-for-money plans and the urge to stay connected.
It also said that 78 per cent of the active internet users in urban cities and 66 per cent in rural villages are accessing the internet on their mobile.
The report's study also said that the average price of a handset feel from Rs 8,250 in 2012 to Rs 7,000 in 2013 to Rs 6,202 last year.
The study suggested that not only more people are using mobile phones but the share of data usage has also grown compared to basic voice and text messaging. The expenditure in terms of data usage has increased by 36 per cent from Rs 173 to Rs 235.