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Always online: In India, an average of 11 GB per month is consumed on mobile phones

Cheap data volumes, affordable smartphones and the growing popularity of video streaming services and 4G network have helped to increase the average usage of mobile data in India to more than 11 GB per month. This figure was quoted by Nokia, the manufacturer of infrastructure for mobile phones and devices, when it published its Mobile Broadband India Traffic Index report in early January. Total data traffic in India in 2019 has increased by 47 per cent, mainly due to rising user numbers on the 4G network. Data usage on the 4G network accounts for 96 per cent of nationwide traffic, while data usage on the 3G network has seen the sharpest decline to date, at 30 per cent.

A Nokia spokesperson said the annual increase in data volume is 16 percent. He added that data consumption in India is probably the highest in the world, ahead of China, the US, France, South Korea, Japan, Germany and Spain. With 1 GB of data, it is possible to stream about 200 songs or an hour of video. It depends on the quality, standard resolution, HD or Ultra HD, in which the data is transferred.

Mobile data

Although coverage with mobile broadband Internet in India is still relatively low at 47 percent, experts believe that this will be caught up quickly. In comparison, coverage in China is 95 percent and in European countries between 95 and 115 percent. Prices for mobile data in India are among the lowest in the world, with 1 GB of data costing an average of just 7 Indian Rupees (9 cents). The number of users with 4G data is estimated to be 598 million, compared to 44 million with 3G. According to the Nokia report, the amount of data will continue to increase due to higher resolution (4K/8K) video streaming and usage through the ‘Industry 4.0’ initiative. The number of 4G devices has increased 1.5 times from 330 million in 2018 to 501 million today. Indian network operators will have to continue to expand their infrastructure to benefit from this development and to cope with the increasing number of users and data volumes. A WPC license is required for importing all wireless devices into India. The WPC (Wireless Planning & Coordination) is the national broadcasting authority and is part of the Indian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. We will be happy to advise you on WPC certification of your products.

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Julian Busch

About the author: Julian Busch is the founder and managing director of MPR International GmbH

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