Move over Bangalore, the much touted IT city, it’s Mumbai which has the highest penetration of internet users in the country. Mumbai with 12 million internet users has emerged as the top most city, followed by Delhi with 8.1 million internet users and Hyderabad with 4.7 million internet users. Chennai with 4.5 million internet users and Kolkata with 4.4 million internet users are fourth and fifth respectively, according to a statement by Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).
Bangalore, with 3.8 million users is sixth in internet user penetration. In 2012, Mumbai had 8.3 million internet users, while Delhi had 8.1 million internet users. There were 3.6 million internet users in Hyderabad in 2012, while Chennai had 3.4 million internet users and Kolkata had 3 million internet users.
With 47 per cent y-o-y growth, Kolkata, however, registered the highest growth of internet users among all the top cities in India. Mumbai with 45 per cent y-o-y growth is second while Bangalore with a growth y-o-y of 43 per cent is third. Pune, with a growth of 37 per cent is fourth while Delhi with a y-o-y growth of 35 per cent is fifth.
Ahmedabad, with y-o-y 26 per cent, registered the lowest growth rate among the top eight cities.Overall, the the top 4 metros have a 37 per cent penetration of Active Internet Users.
Among the other 4 Metros, Hyderabad leads the charge with a penetration of 37 per cent Active Internet Users. Coimbatore with a 40 per cent penetration leads in the Small Metros category.