India Internet stats (Is Indian market only 15-20 mn)

Why is Data about India's online user base so highly skewed Now this one is from Comscore It gives new figure for India's Internet ...

Why is Data about India's online user base so highly skewed Now this one is from Comscore
It gives new figure for India's Internet market at 21.1 mn much different from the 40mn estimate at Internetworld stats.I wonder wat the real status is of Indian market as I had pointed out Orkut India's no2 site has a user base of 8.3 mn Indians and growing like anything Comscore has also put total no of worldwide users at 747mn and If Alexa has correct data then based on that I did some calculations for number of active Indian users in last 3 months
  • Yahoo India's no 1 site has only 6.3 mn users
  • Orkut 2.93 mn active users
  • Rediff 2.35 mn active users .
  • Google India it is 5.6mn
  • Google.com 4.84 mn

This together amounts to 22.02 mn amongst india's top5 websites as active users in last 3months and that would include significant overlap and if we take just Google India and Google.com that would amount to 10.44mn which wud be a fairer estimate since most of indians use google for some purpose or other.All These figures suggest that actual Indian online market of active users may not be larger than 15-20 mn or so even though it may be growing.
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I think , therefore i may be said...

You are bang on. I have always been bemused by the conflicting data. If someone can give real data it would be of great help.Also I am not sure your simplistic assumption on google users and then extrapolating it to total users can be defended.

The access providers figures would give us in absolute terms the connections, then a sample survey should throw light on no. of users per connection plus no.of cybercafes and the corresponding no.of users and the percentage of the total users. Let IAMAI throw in their comments

Abhishek said...

you are bang on and i am not sure about even the figures i used for calculations whether even they are correct but nevertheless the growth in no of users is definately evident as shown by nearly 11 million Indian profiles on Orkut

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