India to Have 185 Million Mobile Internet Users by June 2014

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By greeshma m | January 2, 2014 8:54 PM EST

The number of users accessing the internet through their mobile phones in India will touch 185 million by June 2014, according to a new report.

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A passenger using his mobile phone walks past an advertisement promoting Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 3 at its exhibition hall at a railway station in Seoul November 25, 2013.

The report, published by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International, claims the number of mobile internet users in India will reach 155 million by March and 185 million by June, registering a quarter-on-quarter growth of 20 percent.

"The number of mobile internet users is going to reach 155 million in India by the end of March 2014, and 185 million by June 2014, maintaining a quarter-on-quarter growth of 20%," the IAMAI and IMRB International report noted, as quoted by PTI.

By December 2013, the number of users who accessed internet on their handsets in India touched 130 million, from a user base of 110 million back in October. 

The report also indicated that the mobile internet users in urban India is expected to reach 126 million by March 2014, and will grow further to 153 million by June. At the end of 2013, the urban internet mobile user base was 103 million. Meanwhile, the rural India is also expected to register a growth from 27 million users in December 2013 to 32 million by June 2014.

According to the report, the average revenue per user (ARPU) has gone down to ₹387 from ₹460 in 2012, while the amount spent on mobile internet has increased to 45 percent in 2013 from the previous year. While six percent of mobile internet users' phone expenses count less than ₹100, nine per cent is said to be spending over ₹500.

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A passenger using his mobile phone walks past an advertisement promoting Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 3 at its exhibition hall at a railway station in Seoul November 25, 2013.
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