The number of Internet users in India touched 205 million in October this year, registering a year on year growth of 40%, according to a new study.

The number is expected to touch 213 million by December 2013, says the I-Cube 2013 report which was released by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International on Wednesday.

It further says that by June 2014, India will have 243 million internet users, at which point of time, it is expected to overtake the US as the second largest Internet base in the world.

China currently leads with more than 300 million internet users while the US currently has estimated 207 million internet users.

“The number of internet users in India took more than a decade to move from 10 million to 100 million and only three years from 100 to 200 million. From here on, we can hope to develop a robust Internet ecosystem with a multitude of local and global players and a thriving Internet economy. Internet is now, clearly, mainstream in India,” said Rajan Anandan, Chairman, IAMAI.

According to the report, the number of internet users in urban India was 137 million in October and is estimated to touch 141 million by December 2013. Interestingly, rural India has witnessed a year-on-year growth of 58% of active Internet users since June 2012.

It further said that the number of mobile internet users has also witnessed a steady rise, with 110 million mobile internet users in October, and is estimated to reach 130 million by the end of December.