Indian users would consume 11GB data/month by 2022: Report
By 2022, the data traffic for every smartphone user in India will touch 11GB a month. This drastic data increase will be due to "fast smartphone adoption, changing users' behavior and disruptive pricing strategies" Ericsson Mobility Report 2017 said. It added that, India will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of almost 40% and will reach 8 exabytes of data by 2022.
A study revealed that Indians' 3G data consumption had grown by 85% this year. The median 3G data usage per person in India had leaped to 753 megabytes (MB) and the booming 4G handset market will further boost data traffic in the coming year. New network launches and developments in current circles had boosted data appropriation beyond larger cities and towns.
While the data consumption for an average Indian had reached 753 MB per month, globally, the data consumption per person ranges from 800 MB to 1 gigabyte (GB).
Thanks to Reliance Jio, Indian telecom biggies are at loggerheads with their cheap data offerings. Jio that now boasts of 108 million subscribers launched a new plan that gives "20% more 4G data to those users who buy select Lyf-branded smartphones". Idea, and Vodafone countered the Jio offer with their Ramazan special offers giving users big discounts.
Amongst other findings, it revealed that GSM would be the dominant technology which accounts for 70% of total mobile subscriptions. By 2022, LTE and WCDMA/HSPA technologies would account for 85% Indian subscriptions. 5G subscriptions were forecast to become available, making 0.2% of total mobile subscriptions to reach 3 million. It projected that the 23 million cellular IoT connections were estimated to reach 191 million.
The growth of data usage in India has been greatly spurred by the germination of Indian government's 'Digital India' vision. The recent advent of 'Smart Cities' too has helped in pushing the data usage limits. Moreover, the coming of IoT (Internet of Things) has led to larger awareness for the need for data which will culminate into the launch of 5G.