Indians Highest Smartphone Data Users Globally at Average 9.8 GB Per Month, Says Swedish Telecom Maker Ericsson
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New Delhi/Stockholm, June 20: In an interesting revelation, Indians have become the highest average data users per smartphone. The limit at the end of 2018 for each mobile has reached 9.8 GB per month, which is the highest across the globe, says a new study by Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson. Releasing the report on Wednesday, Ericsson predicts that this figure is likely to double to 18 GB per month per smartphone by 2024, says The Hindu.

Informing more about the new data, head of Ericsson India, Nitin Bansal, said, as the daily quotes, "Increased numbers of LTE subscriptions, attractive data plans being offered by service providers, and young people’s changing video viewing habits have driven monthly usage growth." Narendra Modi Government Plans Rs 6 Lakh Crore Spectrum Auction to Ensure Affordable 5G For Rural Regions

According to the data, the head of network solutions, southeast Asia, Oceania and India, said that the mobile data traffic per smartphone per month in 2018 stood at 7 GB for North America, 3.1 GB for Latin America, 6.7 GB for Western Europe, 4.5 GB for Central and Eastern Europe, 3 GB for Middle East and Africa, 7.1 GB for northeast Asia and 3.6 GB for southeast Asia and Oceania region.

He said, "Mobile video traffic is fuelling the total data traffic as users are spending more time streaming and sharing the video. This is expected to continue, as the video is embedded in all types of online content… we see monthly data usage per smartphone increasing from 9.8 GB in 2018 to 18 GB by 2024 (in India), growing at 11% CAGR."

Adding further, the ‘Ericsson Mobility Report’ stated that total smartphone subscriptions in the region are likely to reach 1.1 billion by 2024. The report expects that the total mobile broadband subscriptions in India are expected to grow from about 610 million in 2018 to 1.25 billion in 2024. However, Bansal opined that LTE would remain the most dominant access technology in the region up to 2024.