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LTE to account for 80 per cent of India’s total subscriptions by 2025

November 25, 2019
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As per Ericsson’s latest mobility report, 4G LTE subscriptions will reach 150 million by the end of 2019, surpassing GSM/EDGE as the dominant technology. These subscriptions are expected to represent 80 per cent of India's mobile subscriptions by the end of 2025, driven by rapid network transformation.

5G subscriptions are expected to become available in 2022 in India and will represent 11 per cent of mobile subscriptions at the end of 2025. Mobile broadband technologies will account for 57 per cent of overall mobile subscriptions at the end of the year, and the share of smartphone subscriptions is expected to have increased from 48 per cent to 54 per cent.

"Modernising existing networks, improving network performance and increasing user experience continues to be at the core of every service provider’s day-to-day business, both in India as well as globally," Nitin Bansal, Head of Network Solutions for the Market Area Southeast Asia, Oceania, and India, said in a statement.

In the India region, the average monthly mobile data usage per smartphone has seen an extraordinary increase in recent years, becoming the highest in the world at 13.9 GB per month with a forecast of an increase to 24GB per month by 2025 at a CAGR of 10 per cent.

“Low prices for mobile broadband services, affordable smartphones, and people’s changing video viewing habits have continued to drive monthly usage growth in the region," Bansal said.

By 2025, 500 million additional smartphone users are expected in India and total traffic is projected to triple, reaching 22EB per month in 2025. This comes from two factors: high growth in the number of smartphone users and an increase in average usage per smartphone, Ericsson said.

The global number of 5G subscriptions to top 2.6 billion within the next six years, driven by sustained momentum and a rapidly developing 5G ecosystem.

Ericsson said that average monthly data-traffic-per-smartphone is forecast to increase from the current figure of 7.2 GB to 24 GB by the end of 2025, in part driven by new consumer behavior, such as Virtual Reality (VR) streaming. With 7.2 GB per month, one can stream 21 minutes of HD video (1280 x 720) daily, while 24 GB would allow streaming 30 minutes of HD video with an additional six minutes of VR each day.

The report also projects that 5G will cover up to 65 percent of the global population by the end of 2025, and handle 45 percent of global mobile data traffic.

2019 is the year leading communications service providers in Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, and North America switched on their 5G networks. South Korea has already seen a big 5G uptake since its April 2019 launch. More than three million subscriptions were collectively recorded by the country’s service providers by the end of September 2019.

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