Number of internet users to double to 829 mn by 2021: Report

PTI Mumbai | Updated on January 12, 2018 Published on June 09, 2017


Internet users in the country will double to 829 million users by 2021 from 373 million users in 2016, driven by digital transformation according to a recent report.

This means roughly 59 per cent of the Indian population will use the Internet. Also, there would be two billion networked devices in 2021, up from 1.4 billion in 2016.

Overall IP traffic is expected to grow four-fold during the same period of five years at a compounded annual growth rate of 30 per cent, the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Complete Forecast said.

“Combining device capabilities with faster, higher bandwidth and more intelligent networks is leading to wide adoption of high bandwidth data, video and advanced multimedia applications that contribute to increased mobile and Wi-Fi traffic,” said Sanjay Kaul, Managing Director, Service Provider Business, Cisco India SAARC.

“The need for optimised bandwidth management, network automation, end-to-end security and ultimately network monetisation through cost efficient data production is fuelling the growth of network automation, mass market 4G deployments and adoption, soon to be followed with 4.5G and 5G,” Kaul added.

The report further explained that mobile to mobile (M2M) connections would represent 22 per cent of the total two billion devices and connections and would account for five per cent of IP traffic by 2021.

Advancements in IoT applications such as smart meters, package tracking, digital health monitors and a host of other next-generation M2M services drives this incremental growth.

Video will continue to dominate IP traffic and overall Internet traffic growth, representing 76 per cent of all Internet traffic in 2021, up from 57 per cent in 2016, the report noted.

India will reach 84 billion Internet video minutes per month by 2021, which is 1,60,000 years of video each month, or about 32,000 video minutes every second, it explained.

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Published on June 09, 2017
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