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4G emerged as the key driver of mobile data consumption in 2017, says Nokia report

February 22, 2018

According to Nokia’s annual Mobile Broadband Index study of mobile broadband performance in India, 4G emerged as the key driver of mobile data consumption in 2017 and accounted for 82 per cent of mobile data traffic. In addition, 4G data consumption grew by 135 per cent year-on-year. Meanwhile, 3G data grew 286 per cent in 2017, owing to increased data consumption and better coverage.

As per the report, data consumption continued to be driven by video, which contributed approximately 65- 75 per cent of total mobile data traffic. This can be mainly attributed to the availability of content in several vernacular languages as well as the proliferation of over-the-top (OTT) exclusive content. In 2017, more than 90 per cent of popular videos watched online comprised regional languages.

On average, an Indian subscriber consumed 7.4GB of data per user per month on their mobile devices over mobile networks alone, placing India ahead of developed markets like the United Kingdom, South Korea and France. The average consumption over both Wi-Fi and mobile networks in India was 8.8GB data per user per month, at par with other developed markets.

Further, Indian telecom operators continued to rapidly expand 4G in 2017 and have narrowed the gap with 3G coverage in the country. The 4G network expansion was supported by the growth of long term evolution (LTE) devices in the country. The LTE-capable device base grew to 218 million in 2017, with 74 per cent being voice over LTE (VoLTE) capable.

Sanjay Malik, head of India Market, Nokia said, “The year 2017 saw telecom operators expand 4G networks, and this momentum is likely to continue. The drop in prices of devices, both smartphones and feature phones, is driving data consumption in the country. We believe that the next wave of growth in the Indian broadband market can come from the untapped base of feature phone users who will potentially move directly from 2G to 4G. As we mentioned in the last MBiT study, Indian operators will need to explore innovative network technologies, like carrier aggregation and multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO), to meet the growing data demand. These technologies will also help them prepare networks for the 5G and connected devices era.”

 
 

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