By 2020, India will have more than 110 crore mobile users, from the current 80 crores, about half of them – 52 crores would be data consumers using smartphones, said a new Ericsson study. Ajay Gupta, head of strategy & marketing, Ericsson India has said that the data usage on mobiles is heading into the “real time” usage zone from the current “Some Time ” zone.
“Today there is certain level of penetration of 3G services but going forward, by 2020, we will have mobile broadband subscribers, which are about half a billion, which means about 400 million will still be 3G and 100 million will be 4G,” he added. There are about 7 crore 3G SIMs used in India currently.
An average data user consumes about 160 MB data presently, which would grow to 390 MB by 2017, 620 MB by 2020, projected the study. Social networking and instant messaging along with video downloads will drive most of these data demands.