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India's mobile subscriber base to touch 1.42 bn by 2024; 80% to use 4G

Significant uptake of much talked about 5G services is expected to commence from 2022 in India

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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India's mobile subscriber base is expected to reach 1.42 billion by 2024 and 80 per cent of users are likely to have connections, according to Mobility Report released Tuesday.

Also, a significant uptake of much talked about services is expected to commence from 2022 in India, it said.

"The is saying that will be introduced in 2020, but we expect a significant uptake to commence in 2022 with a projection of 38 million subscriptions in 2024. This represents 2.7 per cent of all mobile subscriptions at the time," Patrik Cerwall, of at and of Mobility Report, said.

He said that a 5G connection should be able to ideally deliver 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) speed on

Globally, are expected to reach more than 40 per cent global population coverage and 1.5 billion subscriptions for enhanced mobile by the end of 2024.

The report estimates that and are expected to lead the 5G uptake and will account for 55 per cent and 43 per cent share, respectively of 5G mobile subscriptions by the end of 2024.

Cerwall said will continue to be a dominant in for sometime.

"LTE (4G) subscriptions are expected to grow at of 22 per cent from 350 million (30 per cent of total) in 2018 to 1.15 billion in 2024, representing 81 per cent of all mobile subscriptions," Cerwall said.

Total global mobile subscriptions in the third quarter of 2018 increased by 120 million while accounted for 31 million out of it.

According to Ericsson report, led growth in and data usage during the quarter by adding 37 million subscribers.

"Mobile data traffic in third quarter of 2018 grew close to 79 per cent year-on-year, which is the highest rate since 2013. The increased mobile data traffic per in this year, mainly in China, has pushed up the global traffic significantly. The global traffic growth rate has been influenced by individual regions before, for example by in 2015 and by in 2016," the report said.

region recorded a traffic growth per of around 140 per cent between 2017-end and 2018-end and emerged as region with the second highest data traffic per at 7.3 gigabytes per month.

"still has the highest data traffic per smartphone, set to reach 8.6 gigabytes per month by the end of this year - which can be compared to streaming HD for over 12 hours monthly," the report said.

The report estimates that smartphone subscriptions in India is likely to grow from 560 million in 2018 to 1 billion in 2024 and data traffic per smartphone per month is expected to grow at compound annual growth rate of 14 per cent from 6.8 GB in 2018 to 15 GB in 2024.

The report predicts that mobile devices based connections expected to surpass 4 billion in six years' time.

First Published: Tue, November 27 2018. 19:30 IST