The messaging service Telegram (Telegram) has benefited after a controversy over WhatsApp’s latest policy update.
The messaging service Telegram (Telegram) has benefited after a controversy over WhatsApp’s latest policy update. In the last three days, 25 million new users have been connected to Telegram. With this, the company has crossed the figure of 500 million subscribers worldwide. While Telegram did not disclose the number of Indian users, it said that 38 percent of the new users are from Asia. This is followed by Europe with 27 per cent, Latin America with 21 per cent and MENA (Middle East and North Africa) with 8 per cent.
Users also increased in India
In the statement, Telegram said that it has crossed 500 million monthly active users in the first week of January. And it continues to grow. In the last only 72 hours, 25 million new users have been added. In the reports citing sensor tower data, it has been indicated that between 15 and 10 January of the telegram in India, 1.5 million new downloads have taken place. India is the second-largest telecom market in the world and the largest consumer of data. As on 30 October 2020, the total telephone connections are 117 crores, of which 115 million were mobile connections.
A report from Ericsson states that Indians used an average of around 12GB of data per month in 2019. Which is the highest consumption globally. And it is expected to reach around 25GB (gigabyte) by 2025.
The company is confident of further growth
In a recent blogpost, Telegram CEO and Founder Pavel Durov said that user growth globally has increased substantially compared to last year. And with this current rate, telegram will reach crores of users in near future. He said that even before that there has been a jump in downloads. Our 7-year history of giving security to user privacy has seen an increase. But this time it is different. People do not want free services in exchange for their privacy. With 500 million active users and rapid growth, Telegram has become the largest platform for those who believe in privacy and security.