4G contributed 92% of data traffic in 2018 in India: Nokia report

Must Read

Sumit Deb begins new journey as CMD of NMDC

Senior PSU leader Sumit Deb has assumed charge as Chairman-cum-Managing Director of NMDC Limited. He succeeds N. Baijendra Kumar.

Spearheading transformation towards sustainable future in times of Covid-19

Bringing the governments, businesses, academia, and communities together to spearhead the transformational and systematic effort towards a is needed

Tata Communications gets local telecom license in Saudi Arabia

Under Type B telecom license, will be able to provide Internet Service Provider and related telecom services to enterprises in a defined capacity, along with local currency billing for end-customers

In 2018, India witnessed data traffic growth of 109% with technology constituting as much as 92% of this uptake, says a report. According to newly released ’s annual Mobile Broadband India Traffic (MBiT) Index study, in India average data usage grew by 69% in 2018 to touch 10GB per user per month in December 2018.
The report attributes this growth to significant drop in data tariffs coupled with the availability of economical 4G devices led to the growth of the number of 4G subscribers by 137%. Also, the widespread migration of users from 3G to 4G devices contributed to the increase in the consumption of 4G data traffic in the country, said Nokia.

According to the report, Category B and C circles witnessed the highest increase in 4G traffic in 2018. This growth is led by the growing popularity of video streaming and video content in local languages on the various Over-The-Top (OTT) applications. The emergence of new media apps, like TikTok, has further led to an increase in video consumption. As the popularity of video streaming increases, the telcos will need to provide better coverage and capacity in the rural sector as well.

Not surprisingly, the 4G growth has come at the cost of 3G data traffic, which has recorded a marginal decrease in 2018. By the end of 2018, there were more than five times as many 4G subscribers as there are 3G subscribers, said Nokia.

“The surge in broadband consumption is likely to continue in the next few years since the current broadband penetration is just 45% in the country. Further, the growth will be fueled by 4G network expansions as telcos enhance the coverage and provide better network experience to the end consumer. Going forward, the service providers will need to expand the 4G network and evolve their network infrastructure to support in near future,” said Sanjay Malik, Head of India Market, Nokia.

Subscribe to receive the day's headlines from Tech Observer straight in your inbox

Leave a Reply

*The moderation of comments is automated and not cleared manually by techobserver.in. Embedding of any link and use of abusive or unparliamentary language are prohibited.
- Advertisement -

Latest in TECH

Tata Communications gets local telecom license in Saudi Arabia

Under Type B telecom license, Tata Communications will be able to provide Internet Service Provider and related telecom services to enterprises in a defined capacity, along with local currency billing for end-customers
- Advertisement -SAP Hana

Related Articles