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Nokia reveals 4G as India’s fastest growing mobile broadband technology

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Mar 23, 2017, 2:33 pm IST
Updated : Mar 23, 2017, 2:33 pm IST

The study revealed that 4G was the major source of data traffic in 2016 with 60 per cent of the incremental data payload from 2015

Though 4G coverage is yet to penetrate across all circles, it contributed to 13per cent of the total data traffic pan-India in a span of year since launch.
 Though 4G coverage is yet to penetrate across all circles, it contributed to 13per cent of the total data traffic pan-India in a span of year since launch.

Nokia’s annual Mobile Broadband Index study* of mobile broadband performance in India has revealed that 4G was the major source of data traffic across the country in 2016 with 60per cent of the incremental data payload from 2015 levels contributed by 4G.

Though 4G coverage is yet to penetrate across all circles, it contributed to 13per cent of the total data traffic pan-India in a span of year since launch. In metros alone, where the majority of 4G deployments have taken place, the contribution of 4G to data traffic was 26 per cent. 3G continued with its growth trend contributing to 63per cent of total data payload.

According to the study, 4G monthly data usage per subscriber was over 1400 MB compared to nearly 850 MB per subscriber for 3G, primarily driven by faster download speeds over 4G  networks and larger screen with higher resolution of 4G devices that accelerated data consumption. 4G enabled device ecosystem also grew tremendously supported by affordable devices, resulting in 2.7 times growth in a year. Together, 4G and 3G contributed to 76per cent of the data traffic across India. The report also noted that 2G saw a drop in volumes by 13per cent but remains the main carrier for voice telephony.

Data consumption amongst subscribers was largely driven by social media and messaging applications which were the anchor platforms that engaged users for the maximum time with nearly 90per cent of the users accessing it through their mobile devices. Video content remained the main growth engine for data traffic contributing upto 65per cent of total mobile data traffic.

According to the study, as 4G and 3G technology usage further increases, service providers will need to improve capacity through:

  • Site connectivity  to fiber and use of optical fiber backhaul as an efficient and higher capacity data transfer solution.
  • Technology evolution to 4.5G and 4.5G Pro.
  • Innovative technologies such as small cells to enhance capacity and provide better in-building access.

Other key trends expected in 2017:

  • 4G will drive broadband uptake in India as the usage picks up momentum beyond  the Metros.
  • As 4G and 3G networks expand in rural areas, the significance and usage of regional and vernacular content is expected to increase.
  • Technologies such as Internet-of-things (IoT) and the development of Smart Cities will further increase data usage.           

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