3G consumption overtakes 2G as mobile data surges 74%

20 Feb 2015

According to a report published by Finnish vendor Nokia Networks, mobile data traffic in India grew by 74% in 2014 from 49PB to 85PB, following on the heels of growth of 86% in 2013 and with 3G data overtaking 2G consumption for the first time in Q4 2014. 52% of the data usage in 2014 was 3G, compared to 42% in 2013 and 31% the year before that. Meanwhile, monthly average data usage increased by 29% year-on-year for 3G to 680MB, and by 48% for 2G users to 216MB. Nokia’s Mbit Index study attributed the expansion to operators’ efforts to expand and strengthen their networks, combined with the greater accessibility of affordable smartphones: nearly a third of smartphones in India are priced at less than USD150. The vendor pointed out the potential for further growth in the mobile data space, noting that whilst there were around 130 million 3G capable-devices in use in India, just over half of that number, 69.9 million, were active 3G subscribers. Similarly, on the 4G front, there were 5.5 million-6 million Long Term Evolution (LTE) compatible devices in use but 4G subscriptions totalled roughly 85,000 at the end of the year.

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