According to a study conducted by the Manufacturer’s Association of Information Technology (Mait) and Indian Market Research Bureau (IMRB), the number of active Internet subscribers in the country grew by 10 per cent to 1.23 million in the first six months of the current financial year from 1.12 million in 2000-01.
The penetration of Internet among business segment remained stagnant at 36 per cent and showed a marginal increase of one per cent among households to reach 10 per cent.
According to the study, the business segment now contributes 46 per cent of the total active Internet subscribers and households account for the remaining 54 per cent.
According to the survey, dial-up remains the most commonly used means of accessing the Internet among business, with 76 per cent of the business users subscribing to dial-up. Cable and DSL are yet to catch-up and they account for only 5 per cent and 2 per cent of access means, respectively. Access through leased lines dropped from 12 per cent in March 2001 to 4 per cent in September 2001.