India to reach over 900 million Internet users by 2023

With the increasing adoption of connected devices, the number of internet users is on the rise. Cisco’s annual report suggests that India will have over 907 million internet users by 2023.

The report further states that the number of devices and connections is growing faster than the rate of population, i.e., at 7% CAGR. The forecasts are based on the independent analyst forecast and its own intellectual property. With this number, India’s 64% population will come online.

Over half a billion Indian citizens are already using internet. There will be 966 million total mobile users by 2023. Smartphones will account for 38% of all networked devices while connected TVs will account for 12%. The projections also suggest that the country will have 2.1 billion networked devices.

Anand Bhaskar, Managing Director of Service Provider Sales for Cisco India said, “As digital literacy, mobile penetration, and Internet connectivity grow deeper into the hinterland, a massive shift will be created in Internet usage and consumption patterns across the country. This rise in connectivity and changing consumption patterns will challenge service providers’ ability to service their customers in an optimal manner. Flatter and more secure networks leveraging cloud and edge computing, as well as automation to manage the ever-expanding network, is essential for them to keep pace in the digital world.”

Indian users have already adopted the 4G revolution. With many government services becoming online, Indian citizens are adopting the internet at a growing rate. By 2023, 67.2 million users will have 5G connections. Every one in five Internet users will have a 5G connection. The 4G connections will account for 53.1% of total mobile internet users.

The number of machine to machine (M2M) applications such as smart meters, video surveillance, transportation, healthcare monitoring, will also account for majority of the internet connections in India. The M2M connections will be 25% of total devices by 2023. As far as connected mobile devices are concerned, 697.4 million users will be connected via wired/WiFi devices.