Average mobile data usage to jump five-fold by 2021

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on January 20, 2018 Published on June 07, 2016

Data to account for 99% of total traffic, says Ericsson report

With a rapid increase in the number of smartphones, average mobile data consumption per smartphone in India is expected to increase five times and account for 99 per cent of the total traffic from mobile phones by 2021, as per a study by telecom gear maker Ericsson.

“Data traffic per active smartphone is expected to increase five-fold from 1.4 GB per month in 2015, to 7 GB per month by 2021. In 2021, 99 per cent of the region’s mobile traffic will be from data,” the Ericsson Mobility Report India edition, released on Tuesday, states. The growth in data consumption can also be attributed to rise in mobile applications’ usage and spread of high speed network.

“The WCDMA or HSPA (3G) population coverage is projected to increase to 90 per cent by the end of 2021; the population coverage of LTE (4G) networks in India is expected to reach 45 per cent by the end of 2021,” said Paolo Colella, Ericsson India Region Head.

Increasing subscriptions

The number of smartphone subscriptions in the country is expected to record a significant jump to touch 810 million by 2021.

As per the report, mobile phone users in India give more importance to voice over data services, indicating that it is the smartphone users who drive the need for better data services and are even ready to pay for better service.

“Young smartphone users aged 15-24 years old drive the need for better data speed and data coverage, and have a higher inclination to pay a premium for the same,” the report said.

In India, streaming music and watching videos are the most popular forms of entertainment and WhatsApp messenger is the top mobile app used on smartphones.

“Around 50 per cent of smartphone users stream music on mobile apps every week, and more than one in two Internet users watch short online video clips on a weekly basis,” the report said.

E-commerce apps like Flipkart and Snapdeal are growing in popularity. File sharing app Xender is the top mobile app by average monthly data usage, followed by file sharing app SHAREit and the YouTube video sharing app, it said.

The global Ericsson Mobility Report, released earlier this month, had stated that India grew the most in terms of mobile subscribers with over 21 million net additions in first quarter this year, followed by Myanmar and Indonesia with over 5 million net additions, and finally the US and Pakistan with over 3 million each.

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Published on June 07, 2016
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