India is Expected To Have 810 Mn Smartphone Subscribers by 2021

Ericsson Mobility report on Tuesday revealed that data traffic for active smartphone to increase by five times to 7GB per month by 2021. According to the report this is the result of a rapid raise in the number of smartphones and people changing from 3G to 4G connections.

Well, the report says that the file sharing app Xender is the top mobile app by average monthly data usage. And in terms of data usage, the other file sharing app Shareit stands second. Next come YouTube in the race. In India the most used messaging application is Whatsapp which stand at number 9 in terms of mobile data consumption. And currently most popularly growing E-commerce apps in India are Flipkart and Snapdeal.

“Data traffic per active smartphone is expected to increase fivefold from 1.4 Gigabyte (GB) per month in 2015 to 7 GB per month by 2021. In 2021, 99 per cent of the region’s mobile traffic will be from data,” said Ericsson mobility report.

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“Over 70% of smartphone users are satisfied with the network performance at home while doing instant messaging, web browsing or social networking using mobile internet. Over 60% of smartphone users are satisfied with the network performance at home while streaming videos using mobile internet. However, only 50% are satisfied with network performance for streaming videos on a smartphone while commuting,” said Paolo Colella, region head for Ericsson in India.

“The WCDMA or HSPA (3G) population coverage is projected to increase to 90 per cent by the end of 2021, the population coverage of LTE (4G) networks in India is expected to reach 45 per cent by the end of 2021 in India,” added Paolo Colella.

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The Swedish communication technology firm’s report also claims that India is expected to record a 810 million smartphone subscribers accounting for 59% of 1.37 billion mobile subscribers by 2021.

“Young smartphone users aged 15-24 years old drive the need for better data speed and data coverage and have a higher inclination to pay a premium for the same,” the researcher report said.

Ericsson’s mobility report also says that, “Calls and text messages are the top two activities of smartphone users. In India, web browsing, emailing and social networking are the top three internet activities on smartphones, which is aligned to the global trend. Around 50 percent of smartphone users stream music on mobile apps every week, and more than one in two internet users watch short online video clips on a weekly basis,”

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