India’s data usage per smartphone to double by 2024
5G subscriptions are expected to become available in 2022 and will represent 6 per cent of mobile subscriptions at the end of 2024 in India.
The India region, which includes Nepal and Bhutan, has the highest average data usage at 9.8 gigabytes (GB) per month in 2018 and this figure is expected to double by the end of 2024.
This growth in the monthly data usage, according to the just released Ericsson Mobility Report, is because of the increased number of LTE (4G) subscriptions, the attractive data plans offered by service providers and the increasing video viewing habits of youth.
In the India region, GSM/EDGE-only remained the dominant technology in 2018, accounting for 47 per cent of mobile subscriptions at the end of the year.
However, the country experienced strong growth in LTE-subscriptions over the last couple of years and, at the end of 2018, it accounted for 38 per cent of the mobile subscriptions.
As the march towards more advanced technologies continues in India, LTE is expected to account for 82 per cent of mobile subscriptions by the end of 2024.
India awaits 5G
The report noted that Indian smartphone users are willing to pay more than 66 per cent premium for futuristic 5G services.
India is on the verge of starting 5G trials. The Digital Communications Commission, the highest decision-making body in the Telecom Department, has recently cleared spectrum allocation norms for 5G trials in India.
5G subscriptions are expected to become available in 2022 and will represent 6 per cent of mobile subscriptions by the end of 2024—globally, this figure is expected to rise to 35 per cent.
It also predicted that total smartphone subscriptions in the region will reach 1.1 billion by 2024, growing at 11 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR).
The total mobile broadband subscriptions in India are expected to grow at a CAGR of 13 per cent from about 610 million in 2018 to 1.25 billion in 2024.
The data usage in North America and Western Europe, meanwhile, is expected to grow to 39 GB/month and 32 GB/ month respectively.