Thursday, August 29, 2013
The next billion #Internet users II
When you look at the Wikipedia statistics, you will find that Chinese and Indonesian Wikipedia are growing 262% and 122% respectively on an annual basis for mobile traffic and 49% and 34% for non-mobile traffic. This does not make them the fastest growers as you would expect from the prediction; the Russian and Arabic Wikipedias are growing faster at this time.
The story for India is more complicated; it is not clear from our statistics what part of the traffic of the English Wikipedia is coming from India. Traffic for the many other Indian languages, mobile and non-mobile, indicate that mobile is really taking off. When you consider the absolute size of the mobile traffic from India however, you have to appreciate that only the latest smartphones have a chance of rendering Indian scripts successfully. It will probably need an intervention from the Indian government to get the latest language technology implemented on existing smartphones.