India saw the largest number of people operating online for the first time throughout 2012-15 season between all nations, according to a recent report of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). About 17.8 crore people went online during this three-year period, which is much more than that of China, Brazil, Japan and neighboring countries of Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The report titled “Measuring the Evolving Digital Economy” that was released last week indicates that this trend of more people going online will spur the purchase of goods and services resulting in greater inclusion and involvement of citizens with the government and economic growth.
According to the report, in many developing countries, nearly half or more of the internet users went online for the first time in the last three years, as in Bangladesh, India, Iran and Pakistan. In Brazil and China, more than 50% people used the internet whereas in India only slightly more than a quarter use it.