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80% of India’s population has a mobile subscription: Ericsson report

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The Ericsson Consumer Insight Summary Report June 2016 released by Swedish telecom company Ericsson revealed that mobile subscriptions in India have increased by 21 million users this quarter, overall connecting 80% of the country’s population. The report mentions that in Q1 2016 globally mobile broadband connections increased by 140 million, although it does not provide a country wise breakdown.

Ericsson ConsumerLab conducts a global consumer research program based on interviews with 100,000 individuals each year, in more than 40 countries and 15 megacities – a statistic which it claims represents the views of 1.1 billion people.

Globally data traffic grew around 10 percent quarter-on-quarter and 60 percent year-on-year. The growth is driven mostly by teenagers, as the age group’s use of cellular data for smartphone videos grew by 127% in 15 months. The report mentions that it expects over 90% of the world’s population to be covered by mobile broadband networks by 2021.


Internet of Things: The report expects by 2018 IoT devices like connected cars, machines, remote metering and other consumer electronics to have a larger share of connected devices than smartphones. As of now, the reports mentions that there are 15 billion IoT devices, of which 0.4 billion are Cellular IoT, 4.2 billion non-cellular IoT, 1.7 billion PC/laptops/tablets, 7.1 billion mobile phones and 1.3 billion fixed phones.


Key findings of the report:

– Overall mobile subscriptions has grown from 7.1 billion to 7.3 billion worldwide, with smartphone subscriptions contributing to the bulk of this growth growing from 2.6 billion to 3.2 billion.

– Number of mobile broadband subscribers increased from 2.9 billion to 3.5 billion, of which 1.1 billion used LTE service and 2.1 billion WCDMA/HSPA.

– The number of GSM/EDGE subscribers decreased from 4 billion to 3.6 billion as these slower technologies are starting to fall out of favour.

– Monthly data traffic per smartphone increased from 1GB per month to 6.5GB per month in the Asia Pacific region, while the same grew from 3.7GB per month to 22GB per month in North America

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