Yes, we have it. :)
But internet service is terrible and unreliable. I live in Bombay (Mumbai), which you’d think is pretty up there in being the most technologically advanced city in the country and should have awesome internet services. Nopes. During the monsoons, you’re bound to lose service for a few weeks. My personal favorite excuse from Sify (our old internet provider) was that someone had CUT THE WIRES or that the lines were down because they were working on IMPROVING the system for us. At one point my entire family had memorized their hotline number.
ISPs in Bombay also don’t deliver the bandwidth you signed up for. Say you have a 56K connection, you’d actually get a 28K. So you have to go for plan above yours. (Found a funny blog post/rant on this, click here). According to internettrafficreport.com, Asia has the worst internet with the longest response time and highest packet loss).
Anyhow! Here are some numbers I found that compare internet in India and Asia to the rest of ze world.
% of internet users around the world
N. America: 17%
Apparently there are 1.463 billion people who use the internet. (that’s a LOT)
number of internet users
Asia: 578 million users
China: 253 million
USA: 220 million
India: 60 million
penetration rates (% of the country that’s online)
fun facts about India
India’s population (2008 est): 1.147 billion
# of internet users in 2000: 5 million
# of internet users now: 60 million
user growth: 1,100%
(according to internetworldstats.com)
India is a huge country and while there’s millions of people in the cities, there’s a huge population that lives in villages in the middle of the country and don’t even know what computers are. Yes, there are cities like Bangalore which are famous worldwide for being IT help desks, but internet in India has a long way to go. And it definitely affects the online social scene. Try facebook stalking someone when it sometimes takes a minute to load each page. Or up to 20 minutes to load a video on YouTube. Of course the speed isn’t always that bad, and it doesn’t stop people from logging on 24/7. But it’s something to keep in mind, especially after being used to Internet and social media in the US. And with big companies like Reliance entering the ISP market, it’ll be interesting to see how the internet there will grow.