This was carried on MyMobile.co.in,
I got few calls about IAMAI’s report – “Number of Local Language Sites in India stands at a Pathetic 1249!”. I wasn’t able to read this report on the day it was published as I was travelling.
It is encouraging to learn from a research carried out by IMRB/I-Cube that the userbase in Rural India is increasing. The report doesn’t talk about how the rural India connects to the net but my guess is most of them in rural India access the internet using BSNL broadband. I recall reading a while ago about BSNL coming up with a special broadband pricing plan for their rural users. I can’t find that article but this one talks about BSNL’s aggressive broadband plans for rural India.
Ajit Balakrishnan’s comment “Let us not assume users want Indian languages” got me to think why people think Indian languages are not “wanted” on the internet. I wasn’t at that conference, so I don’t know what was exactly said. My thoughts and reactions are completely based on Medianama’s post.