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NSN: Mobile data traffic increase by 74% in 2014; 3G data consumption surpasses 2G data


Mobile data usage in India has increased by 74% according to Nokia Networks’ MBit Index, an annual report on mobile broadband performance in India. According to the study, 3G data traffic increased by 114%, while the 2G data traffic consumption grew by 59% over the same period.

Methodology: Nokia Siemens Network stated that the report was  based on Nokia Solutions and Networks’ analysis of data obtained from various (undisclosed) sources. It analyses mobile broadband traffic trends only at a consolidated level and does not intend to provide any comparative analysis of data growth of different operators. Note that NSN provides network management services to telecom operators in India. More on the methodology from this NSN report.

Highlights from the report:

– Total mobile data increased by 74% from Jan 2014 to December 2014. 3G data continued to drive the growth as the 3G data traffic increased by 52% in December 2014 as against 42% in January 2014.

– On an average 3G data use increased to 688 MB per month in 2014, indicating a 29% jump compared to 2013. The average 2G data use also increased to 216 MB per month, indicating a 48% jump from last year.

–  In September, the 3G data consumption surpassed 2G usage across the country. 3G users also consumed on an average, 3.2 times more data than a 2G user in 2014.

–  Use of 3G devices capable of supporting a speed of up to 21.1 Mbps increased from 23% in 2013 to 54% in 2014. The study also revealed an increase in the Smartphone use in 2014, as consumers increasingly migrated to smart devices due to their affordability.

– The report also mentions that India has around 5.5mn 4G capable devices but only around 85,000 LTE users. Similarly it indicates the country have about 130mn active 3G capable devices, however only 69.9m subscribers are active 3G users.

Recent developments: Bharti Airtel recently signed a contract with Nokia Networks, to enhance its 3G network in Mumbai, West Bengal and Bihar telecom circles. As part of the deal, a dual band, dual carrier 3G network was to be set up at Mumbai, refarming 900 MHz to complement the city’s existing 3G network on 2100 MHz.

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