Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Technology in India

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25735051@N00/339450589

While reading an Indian photography magazine this evening, I came across some interesting technology statistics. They show how widespread technology is - in some aspects - while how deep the "digital divide" is in other aspects.

Mobile Phones:
  • The number of mobile users in India will increase from 200 million to 400 million by 2010.
  • The number of cell phones increases by 9.22 million each month (July 2008)
  • Only 38.76 landlines are in place (July 2008)
  • 6.5 million computers shipped in 2007 - a 20% annual growth
  • 1.8 million laptop purchases in 2007, vs. only .98 million in 2006
  • Growth in number of users from 2000 to 2007: 660%
  • 40% growth (56 million in September 2007 up from 40 million in 2006) in the number of internet users
  • However, this represents only 3.7% of the total population of India
  • 4.57 million broadband users (June 2008)
IT Industry in India
  • Exported $31 billion in software/services in 2006-2007 - a growth rate of 32.6%
  • In the last 10 years, IT revenues grew tenfold, from $4.8 billion in 1997 to $47.8 billion currently.
  • Projections for IT industry revenues for 2010 are anticipated at $60 billion.

Data source: Smart Photography, September 2008, p. 30-31,


Rachel Sarah said...

That's so amazing when I think back to my India-days of 92-93. We didn't have email or cell phone. I either paid about a dollar a minute to call home, or waited 2 weeks for a letter. Technology has come a long way in a short time.

ShantanuDas said...

I always wondered how a foreigner sees Chennai from his or her eyes! Tamilnadu is a State in India which is totally insulated from rest of India and other Indians like me feel as I am staying in a foreign land! So I was always curious about how a Foreigner feesl here and wanted to feel what they feel. Maybe your blog will give me an idea. Good Photos! I am looking for places to see- naturally I will not be interested in some photo subjects which YOU will be (being a non-Indian, if you excuse my saying so) but some of your photos did give me ideas. Thanks!

edson_dias said...

we still don't have 3G in India. Hopefully we'll soon have the service. I also hope it's affordable.