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India to have 478 million mobile internet users by June 2018: Report

Highlights from Mobile Internet in India 2017 report.
Highlights from Mobile Internet in India 2017 report. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

According to the report, the number of mobile internet users increased by 17.22% from December 2016 to reach 456 million users by December 2017. Urban India witnessed an estimated 18.64% Y-o-Y rise, while Rural India witnessed an estimated growth of 15.03% during the same period.

The number of mobile Internet users in India is likely to reach 478 million by June, a report published on Thursday said.

"The number of mobile Internet users increased by 17.22 per cent from December 2016 to reach 456 million users by December 2017," said the report titled "Mobile Internet in India 2017", published jointly by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and KANTAR-IMRB.

The report attributed the popularity of mobile Internet in the country to its affordability.

"Expenditure on voice has been steadily decreasing from 2013; and with the popularity of VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and video chatting, the expenditure on voice services has decreased drastically in recent times," the report said.

"This, in turn, means that there is a rise in proportion of data expenditure in comparison to voice (services) expenditures for most users," it added.

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