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The Internet usage in India has been improved significantly, especially recent few years. Five years ago, there was limited Internet access in some major cities only. Today, the Internet represents the new wealth frontier for the India middle class - a good salary and an honorable job, and for a few, the opportunity to go abroad.

Internet adoption is continuous growing rapidly in India. According to IAMAI (The Internet & Mobile Association of India ), because broadband is low cost so that it has helped to increase the Internet usage. Large demand for ".in" domain registration and e-commerce are also some of the factors of the increasing in Internet users.

The table below (table I-1.1) shows the number of internet users from 1998 to 2007. The table depicts that the internet users has increased greatly from 0.1% to 3.7%.

Year

Users

Population

Percentage of Population

Usage Source

1998

1,400,000

1,094,870,677

0.1 %

ITU

1999

2,800,000

1,094,870,677

0.3 %

ITU

2000

5,500,000

1,094,870,677

0.5 %

ITU

2001

7,000,000

1,094,870,677

0.7 %

ITU

2002

16,500,000

1,094,870,677

1.6 %

ITU

2003

22,500,000

1,094,870,677

2.1 %

ITU

2004

39,200,000

1,094,870,677

3.6 %

C.I. Almanac

2005

50,600,000

1,112,225,812

4.5 %

C.I. Almanac

2006

40,000,000

1,112,225,812

3.6 %

IAMAI

2007

42,000,000

1,129,667,528

3.7 %

IWS

Table I-1
Source: Internet World Stats - www.internetworldstats.com/stats3.htm

Figure I-2