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India to have 420 million mobile users by June 2017, says IAMAI

May 03, 2017

According to a report by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), the number of mobile internet users in the country is expected to increase from 389 million as of end-December 2016 to 420 million in June 2017. Further, as per the report, of these 420 million mobile internet users, about 250 million will be urban subscribers while the rest 170 million would be rural subscribers.

The report has noted that urban users are paying as much as around Rs 552 a month with about 50 per cent going towards data charges. Further, in urban areas, the youths spend a greater proportion of their monthly bill on data usage, while voice component increases steadily with age. As per the report, the average monthly bill is highest for the age group of 45 years and both mobile data and voice expenditures for this age group are the highest. Meanwhile, the report has stated that growth in the user base is faster in rural parts of the country as the addition is propelled by falling data charges and smartphones becoming more affordable.

The report has found that urban users are top consumers of communication, social networking and entertainment on mobile internet, while in rural India, customers use mobile data primarily for entertainment.


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