Ericsson has released the India appendix of the Ericsson Mobility Report that shows key trends and forecasts on mobile traffic, consumer behaviour, subscriptions, and technology uptake.
According to the report, India is expected to have 1.4 billion mobile subscriptions by 2020, which is said to be the result of increasing affordability of devices and services.
The report also states that GSM/EDGE subscriptions will decline from 780 million in 2014 to around 510 million by 2020, while WCDMA/HSPA subscriptions will witness upsurge from over 120 million in 2014 to around 620 million by 2020.
Ericsson predicts that GSM/EDGE subscription base will peak in 2015 but will decline thereafter as result of migration of users to 3G services. GSM/EDGE technology currently has the widest reach in India, with 95% population coverage. WCDMA/HSPA is expected to cover approximately 90% by the end of 2020.On the other hand 40 per-cent of the population will be covered by LTE networks by 2020.
Ericsson Mobility Report states that an Indian smartphone user spends more than three hours a day on his smartphones and 1 in every 4 of them checks his phones over 100 times a day. While one third of the time spent is in using apps, which are primarily for chat, social media, and gaming, interestingly 65 per cent of Indian mobile broadband smartphone users prefer streaming videos over downloading videos.
The monthly mobile data usage is expected to grow in 18-fold by the year 2020 over current levels with the in smartphone subscriptions.
Chris Houghton, Head of Region India, Ericsson said: “Maintaining and improving quality of the user experience is likely to be at the top of Indian operators’ agenda over the coming years. A network with a mix of macro sites, micro sites and small cells will need to be established to manage coverage, capacity and network performance for the best user experience and to meet the growing demand for data services”.
In terms of mobile subscribers India is on the top of the list with 26 million net additions in Q1 of this year, followed by China (+8 million), Myanmar (+5 million), Indonesia (+4 million), and Japan (+4 million) claims global Ericsson Mobility Report released earlier this month .