India is home to the world's second largest internet user base, and all the credit goes to Jio. India is accounting for 12 per cent of all internet users globally, the 2019 Mary Meeker report on Internet Trends said. The report also said stated that Jio is one of the most innovative internet companies based outside the US
"At 3.8 billion, the number of Internet users comprises more than half the world's population," it said, adding China has the largest base, accounting for 21 per cent of all internet users globally. The US has 8 per cent of global internet users.
According to the report, global internet user growth is solid but slowing. In 2018, the growth was 6 per cent, down from 7 per cent in 2017. Reliance Jio 307 million mobile phone service subscribers and the company is now expanding offline access to e-commerce, the report said.
"We are creating a hybrid, online-to-offline commerce platform by integrating Reliance Retail's physical marketplace with Jio's digital infrastructure & services," it quoted Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani as saying.
"This platform will bring together 350 million customer footfalls at Reliance Retail stores, 307 million Jio connectivity customers & 30 million small merchants all over India who provide the last-mile physical market connectivity."
In its early days, Jio's free voice call and cheap data plans helped the company grow its data usage by two-fold in a single year. The report put internet regulations in India at moderate. There are diverse regulatory bodies in India, many with the power to regulate access.
On content regulation, it said India has "event-driven content filtering often without direct public input with some speech protection." What's more, there is some censorship, generally to remove 'insulting content', the report said.
According to the report, annual data usage of Jio network was between 17-18 exabytes, which is 17-18 billion GB, in 2018! That was almost two times growth from 9 exabytes data usage in FY 2017. Reliance Jio also has about 11,000 offline retail stores.
(With PTI inputs)