Technology and manufacturing company Ericsson has said that India is leading the growth of mobile telephony subscriptions. Of the 120 million subscribers added in the Jan- March first quarter, India has contributed about one-fifth, 28 million to the number, revealed Ericsson in a report. Five growing up nations including India have contributed to more than 50% of the growth in the sector, as per the report.
China has added 19 million, Indonesia over 7 million, Thailand over 6 million and Bangladesh over 4 million. After March, the total global mobile subscribers number stood at 6.8 billion. The number is growing at 2% per quarter and 7% per year.
“Next year the total number of mobile subscriptions will exceed the world’s population. Mobile broadband subscriptions will reach 7.6 billion by 2019, occupying 80% of entire mobile base. 65% of all phone sold globally in the first quarter are smartphones, clearly pointing the direction of growth. Falling handset price in India has resulted in increased buying, that too in smart phone category. Between 2013 and 2019, the mobile data usage will grow by ten times, said the report.