India - The number of Internet users in India will shoot to 100 million in two years from the current 38.5 million, an industry study said.
The number of Internet users has soared 54 percent from 25 million users in 2004-2005.
The catalyst for this growth was the rise in online shopping for airline and rail tickets, books and home appliances, Preeti Desai, president of the Internet and Mobile Association of India, said Wednesday.
Desai said the forecast was based on increasing use of e-commerce and online communication.
The e-commerce market was likely to grow to rupees 23 billion ($511 million) by 2006-2007 from the present rupees 11.8 billion ($262 million), the trade group study said.
The association conducted the survey in October and polled 882 people who shopped online from cyber cafes. It offered no margin of error.
The number of cyber cafes in cities and towns across India moved from 18,000 in 2001 to 105,350 this year, the study said