According to a report by Nokia Siemens, the global network and communication infrastructure company, mobile data traffic as well as usage in India has witnessed a whopping 92% growth in both 2G and 3G networks across the country between ...
According to a report by Nokia Siemens, the global network and communication infrastructure company, mobile data traffic as well as usage in India has witnessed a whopping 92% growth in both 2G and 3G networks across the country between the time period December 2011 an December 2012. The Mbit Index study by Siemens has revealed that mobile data traffic generated by 3G services increased by 196 percent while mobile data traffic generated by 2G services increased by 66 percent during the period, which I think are excellent growth figures.
The Nokia study says each 3G user currently consumes is around 300 percent more than that of an average 2G user. As per the study, a 3G user consumes about 434MB per month while a 2G user consumes 115MB per month.
The report divulged stats by six months in the time period of December 2011 and December 2012. During the time period, 3G-driven data traffic had grown by 78 percent, while data volume from 2G surged by 47 percent. The second half of the research period – between July 2012 and December 2012, traffic driven by 3G services grew by 54 percent while that 2G network increased by 18 percent. It might be noted here that the growth rate of 3G data in the second half of 2012 was almost triple that of the growth rate of 2G. In the second half, 2G data growth stabilized due to high-end 2G users migrating to 3G services.
The report has added that this could be powered by reduction in data usage tariffs by telcos by mid 2012 for 3G data consumption. The region which was impacted the most by the move of cutting down 3G data tariffs was the region in category A circles (India’s telecommunications market is divided into 22 sub-regions, also referred to as circles). 3G services generated one-third of the total mobile data in the country in the second half of the year – up from one-fourth in the first half.
“The fact that data consumption by 3G users has tripled in one year clearly shows the rapid and steady increase in mobile data consumption in India. This translates into the need for high-quality mobile broadband services with improved speed and service quality to satisfy mobile broadband users,” said Sandeep Girotra, head of India region at Nokia Siemens Networks.
Additionally, the study emphasized the strong penetration of mobile internet usage in the Category A telecom Circle(this region comprises of states Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra excluding Mumbai which is in Metro circle, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu) through 3G connections and smartphones. At the same time, the report has yet again brought light towards the fact not every Indian has adopted faster mobile connections; 2G connections remain popular in Category A Circle.
Nokia Siemens Networks’ MBit Index highlights mobile data growth in India in direct comparisons with other high growth mobile data markets.
I believe this is a very important development for and a landmark for the country’s mobile and tablet-wielding population. It’s good to see great numbers on 3G and 2G connections growth in the country. Also, the country is moving towards faster mobile data connections and smartphones faster than ever before. Smartphones have already outpaced feature phones
You can download the full Nokia Siemens Networks’ MBit Index study from here.
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