Data usage in India has grown at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 53% (CAGR) between 2017-2021 over the past five years, according to a report released by telecommunications giant Nokia on Tuesday. The country has also seen a doubling of the number of mobile broadband subscribers in the last five years. The Finnish company noted that 4G played an important role in the growth of mobile broadband ecosystems in the country, with 4G data growing by 31 percent in 2021.
In its annual Mobile Broadband Index (MBiT) report, Nokia said that the average consumption of mobile data in India will reach 17 GB per user by 2021. This shows a year-on-year (YoY) increase of 26.6 percent on average monthly data traffic. user per year.
The 12-page data-packed report also said that more than 40 million new subscribers had been added to the existing 4G user base or 4G services in the year. This has taken the country to a total of 742 million 4G data subscribers.
The Nokia report revealed that 4G data traffic accounted for 99 percent of all circle categories, with monthly 4G data traffic reaching 12,640 petabytes.
The significant increase in 4G data consumption was accompanied by an increase in the number of 4G devices in the country.
Nokia said India recorded the highest ever shipment of more than 160 million phones in 2021, where 4G devices outperformed 80 percent. The country is also said to have 649 million special devices with 4G connectivity, 93.1 percent of which include VoLTE support.
In addition to 4G devices, 5G phones also reached a milestone of 30 million shipments a year. The number of active 5G-capable devices exceeded 10 million shipments, according to the report.
With the growing demand for high-speed data connectivity, the report predicts that India’s 5G subscriber base will reach 369 million by 2026. Revenues from 5G services are also expected to grow at a CAGR of 164 percent over the next five years.
India also expects to have about 80 per cent access to mobile broadband, with an average usage of 40 GB.
In terms of content, the short video segment was consumed by 40 percent of phone users in the country. By 2025, it is expected to rise to 60-75 percent of smartphone users.
Indian Gen Z spends an average of eight hours a day online, according to the report. He also noted that about 40 percent of the time consumers in the country have been in regional videos so far. According to Nokia, 90 percent of Internet users in the country prefer to consume content in their native language.
“Upcoming 5G spectrum auctions and the launch of services by the end of this year will help India bridge the digital divide and provide service providers with new and exciting use cases like Industry 4.0 and smart cities to fuel the digital economy,” said Sanjay Malik. SVP and India’s head of marketing, Nokia, in a press release.