By 2023, there will be 966 million mobile users in India: ‘A staggering rise’ from 763 million in 2018, according to the “Cisco Annual Internet Report 2018-2023”. A change of this magnitude only calls for more and more e-learning platforms if nothing else.
In India, over half a billion people are already connected to the internet. Now, according to Cisco’s latest internet report this number is tipped to touch the 900 million mark by as early as 2023.
The report also projected the number of networked devices to touch the 2 billion mark by 2023.
What’s there for E-learning platforms?
With smartphones making nearly 40% of the total number of networked devices, mobile applications, as well as mobile usage of information, is going to increase many folds. From social networking to video streaming services to downloadable learning material, e-learning is going to impact the learning atmosphere immensely. While e-commerce will affect overall business productivity, interactive educational games will also find greater synergetic avenues to fuel the all-encompassing learning behaviour of the users.
The download projection on smartphones is tipped to reach a stupendous 46.2 billion mark.
“As digital literacy, mobile penetration, and Internet connectivity grow deeper into the hinterland, a massive shift will be created in Internet usage and consumption patterns across the country,” said Anand Bhaskar, Managing Director, Service Providers Sales, Cisco India and Saarc.
There is lot more to be done. Are you ready?
“This rise in connectivity and changing consumption patterns will challenge service providers’ ability to service their customers in an optimal manner. Flatter and more secure networks leveraging cloud and edge computing, as well as automation to manage the ever-expanding network, is essential for them to keep pace in the digital world,” Mr Bhaskar further added.
The report also makes a larger point when talking about the total number of internet users in the world. Around 66% of the global population (more than 5 billion people) will have access to Internet by 2023. As the league leaders like Byju’s make great funding rounds on the world scale, it’s time for the other significant players to up their game as well.
Remember, Presentation is also a part of Learning.
And if you don’t improvise and can’t think on your feet, then the opportunity may not turn out to be that opportune. It can’t be stressed enough that to ride the changing tides of times, even the traditional publishing houses have to step up their game and find their way to channelize the strength of the internet. Having said that, the canvas of the internet is ever-expanding, and there is always ample space for the upward movement.
Be all-encompassing and accommodating.
Speaking of canvas, the increasing capability of internet will produce a mixed bag of users. With close to 70 million users taking to 5G internet, the total netizen populace will incorporate a healthy mixture of users having 4G, 3G and below level internet. An overarching education, as well as business plan, would result in a successful e-learning platform.
E-learning platforms need to evaluate the needs of the users with different connectivity levels and conceptualize the ways to fulfil those needs in an accommodating environment.
Afterall it’s all about identifying your user, and then communicating with him or her in a language that gets the solutions across. And especially, in the business of learning, one must learn about the users and their behaviours before putting in their own lessons.
E-learning is not just a way forward, but a system unto itself that is going to affect the future in unthinkable ways. So, be ready and become the game-changers of tomorrow.