Some staggering data in this article. E.G. of the 100 million Facebook users in India, 84 million access the site through mobile phones hinting at the rise of the “mobile first” generation of internet users in India.
Domestic manufacturers are now selling smartphones for as little as $70, and have captured nearly 50 percent of the market. They are selling Android-based handsets in villages so remote that even basic necessities like access to safe drinking water is a major challenge.
As more Indians start using the internet on phones, they are gaining access to products and services that were otherwise tough to find or access. The internet has revolutionized travel, education, retail, and agriculture across the world, but the combination of India’s unique characteristics and the leap to mobile is accelerating a particularly profound shift on the subcontinent. Booking a rail or plane ticket once took hours of queuing, or paying an agent. Today, the government’s railway ticketing website is biggest e-commerce portal in the country.