With so many lucrative data offers and cut throat competition among Operators datausage is bound to grow in India. Presently, the average data consumed by an Indian smartphone user is 4.1GB per month and if the prediction of Ericsson Mobility Report (EMR) 2017 is to be believed by 2022 average data usage will go up to 11GB per month.
The current growth in data consumption is primarily due tothree reasons – increase in number of mobile subscriptions, lower tariff plans for higher data and Reliance Jio’s introductory LTE offer. Besides these, the growth in mobile banking transactions and digital payments due to demonetisation and increase consumption of video and multimedia, have also contributed toward this data traffic.
It is expected video streaming will account 75% of the total mobile data traffic in 2022. Mobile video traffic is forecast to grow by around 50% annually through 2022. Social networking is expected to grow by 38% annually over the next 6 years. In addition to this, the embedded videos in social media and webpages also lead to this growth in video traffic.
According to the report, the mobile subscriptions are growing by around 4% annually, reaching upto 7.6 billion during the first quarter of 2017. India contributes the most in terms of net addition, approximately +43 million.
The Mobile Broadband subscription rates are growing by 25% annually while the LTE subscriptions are growing by 33%. Mobile broadband continues to grow strongly. For the next 6 years, more than 1 million new mobile broadband subscribers to be added per day. Also, the number of VoLTE subscriptions continues to grow, and is expected to exceed 540 million by the end of 2017.
The report predicts 5G subscriptions to be more than half a billion by the year 2022. This is due to the recent approval of the Non-Standalone 5G New Radio that will enable early 5G deployment.
Ericsson also estimates around 29 billion connected devices by 2022, of which around 18 billion will be related to IoT. These connected devices can be connected cars, machines, wearables, sensors etc. Between 2016 and 2022, IoT devices are expected to increase at a CAGR of 21%.