A report by Nokia Solutions and Networks reveals mobile data traffic in India grew by 87% in 2013 driven by the growth of 3G. It added that 43 percent of the traffic was generated by 3G services.
According to a recent study, 3G data traffic has increased by 146 percent in India last year, while 2G data traffic increase by 59 percent. Nokia says that by 2020 mobile network will see 1GB of personalized data per user per day.
The report found that large cities were the highest contributor of 3G traffic in India last year contributing half of all mobile data traffic in India. Smaller towns accounted for nearly 31% of the total data traffic. “Both categories indicate a big demand of high- speed services, giving operators a huge opportunity to offer superior connectivity to their customers,” the study said.
“In some of the major urban centers the average data consumption per user is as high as 1GB per month, indicating the rising popularity and uptake of 3G across India,” said the study. “In addition, premium tariff reductions in 3G services in early 2013 led to an increased migration of high-end 2G customers to 3G.”
Sandeep Girotra, head of the India region at NSN stated, “India is recording mobile broadband data growth figures higher than most other markets. With the recent spectrum auctions paving the way for acceleration of mobile broadband penetration in the country, there is a great opportunity for India to create world-class infrastructure and improve the lives of millions of Indians. This can be achieved through a wider 3G rollout as well as through selected introduction of LTE technologies and the modernisation of existing GSM networks.”