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India to have 1.4 bn mobile subscribers by 2022: Report

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The overall mobile subscriber base in the country is likely to grow to 1.4 billion by 2022 and nearly one-third of them will be 4G users, says a report by Mobility.

led the mobile subscribers growth globally with highest net addition of over 43 million customers in January- March 2017, it said.


followed with net addition of over 24 million mobile subscribers during the three-month period.

India's total mobile subscriber base is expected to grow to over 1.4 billion in the next five years of which 520 million will be 4G subscribers, the report said.

The 5G service is expected to be operational in by 2022 with subscriber base of around 3 million, it added.

"Based on trend of deployment of LTE by telecom operators in India, we feel 3G will be dominant technology in 2022," India, Head of Network Products, Nitin Bansal said.

The report, however, said that consumers' 4G usage behavior is skewed towards data-centric services and 4G users are nearly 1.5 times more satisfied than 3G users in

"Mobile broadband experience in is five times more effective in driving loyalty of customers than tariff structure and pricing," it said.

estimates that smartphone subscriptions will account for 60 per cent of the total mobile handset base in compared to 30 per cent in 2017.

As per the report, the data traffic growth will be driven by video consumption. The data usage per smartphone user in will grow to 11 GB per month by 2022 from 4GB at the end of 2016. This will lead take total data consumption across from 1 exabyte or about 10 lakh terabytes per month by end of 2016 to 8 exabytes of data per month by 2022.

Whatsapp is most used application in followed by Youtube on Android platform and Facebook on Apple's iOS platform. Google maps is third most use application by users on both the platform, the report said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, June 14 2017. 21:07 IST
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