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4G steered 82% of Indian mobile data consuption in 2017: Nokia Report

The traffic grew 135 per cent year-on-year (YoY) with the rapid deployment of 4G networks and affordable devices in the country

IANS  |  New Delhi 


emerged as the key of mobile data consumption in 2017 and 82 per cent of the traffic in the year came from in India, Nokia's annual "Mobile Index" study said on Thursday.

The traffic grew 135 per cent year-on-year (YoY) with the rapid deployment of networks and affordable devices in the country.

grew data grew 286 per cent in 2017, driven by an increased appetite for data consumption and better coverage.

"The year 2017 saw telcos expand 4G networks and this momentum is likely to continue. The drop in prices of devices, both and feature phones, is driving data consumption in the country," Sanjay Malik, of Market, Nokia, said in a statement.

According to the report, data consumption continued to be driven by video, which contributed 65 per cent to 75 per cent of total mobile data traffic.

This was powered by the availability of Hindi and regional language content, as well as the proliferation of original OTT-only series. In 2017, Hindi and regional languages comprised more than 90 per cent of popular videos watched online.

"We believe that the next wave of growth in the Indian market can come from the untapped base of feature phone users who will potentially move directly from 2G to 4G. Indian telcos will need to explore innovative that will help them prepare networks for the and connected devices era," Malik added.

On average, an Indian subscriber consumed 7.4 GB of data per user per month on their over mobile networks alone -- placing ahead of developed markets like Britain, and

The average consumption over both and mobile networks in was 8.8 GB data per user per month, at par with other developed markets.

The LTE-capable device base grew to 218 million in 2017, with 74 per cent being Voice over (VoLTE) capable as well.\

Driven by operators investing in virtualised networks as part of their 4G rollout, the commercial launch of in India is expected by 2020 in line with other developed markets, the report said.


First Published: Thu, February 22 2018. 15:42 IST