India is a country which is rapidly moving towards everything digital. A country of 1.3 billion people will always need some or other improvements. There is nothing one can do about it. The only thing we can work on at this moment is increasing the literacy rate in India. The government is working hard towards digitizing the highest earning states first and then slowly moving towards making all the facilities available to the states around.
Meanwhile, McKinsey Global Institute carried out a study that has given out some promising numbers. Internet users in India are aplenty but if compared to our population, the numbers are ordinary, to say the least. McKinsey’s study reveals that by the year 2023, all the high-income states will have more internet users than ever. Eighty out of hundred people in the states such as Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Uttarakhand will have internet.
The minimum growth till 2023 in terms of Internet users will be 12%. The highest growth rate is going to be seen in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and also Bihar. The growth rate in those states is going to be around 24% to 26%.
The very high-income states such as Delhi, Chandigarh, and Goa will have a similar number of internet users as they have now. The growth will be seen in the high-income states where the current internet users who stand at 54 per 100 people will go up to 80 per 100 people. This is where growth will take place.
The low-income states such as Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Jharkhand will also grow but not that substantially. These states have 28 per 100 people using the internet as of now but the number will reach 42 to 100 in the year 2023 as per the study.
That being said, the digital gap between the states and across India is not that big nowadays. The country is not that divided as the internet is available on phones if not on computers almost everywhere in the country. The reason for this is the availability of cheaper plans and even cheaper smartphones. The information, nowadays, can be spread digitally and it will reach almost every corner of the country within minutes.
The country is very well connected, it is just the digitization through the internet that needs to shoot up. There are around 90% of people in India that do transactions in cash nowadays. This also needs to change as people need to deal with digital transactions more often than they were doing previously. All in all, everything looks bright for India in the upcoming years.