India’s internet population is growing the way it is expected to, maybe at a better rate. The 350 million figures for Internet users disclosed by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) might be more than what was expected but what is really making India stand out is the fact that over 60 per cent of this is coming from the mobile.
There is no other market in the world where the mobile dominates the Internet as much.
Telecom tower companies are expected to see a sharp upswing in volume growth with India’s largest telcos — Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular and new entrant Reliance Jio Infocomm likely to step up expansion of high speed data communication networks after beefing up their 4G spectrum holdings across key markets in the largest airwaves sale. India has among the world’s lowest per capita data consumption due to the lack of wired Internet. The total number of wired connection is estimated to be just around 3540 million in a country of 1.3 billon people. As such, 4G wireless is expected to create a revolution in the country. Jio has invested significantly in its telecom infrastructure and expects to cover 90% of the population by March 2018 (over 70% currently).
The main objectives of IMT (international mobile telecommunications) mentioned that 4G wireless technology must support the following:
- High data rate (1Gbps peak rate for low mobility and 100Mbps peak rate for high mobility).
- High capacity.
- Low cost per bit.
- Low latency.
- Good quality of service (QOS).
- Wider coverage.
- Mobility support at high speeds.
Deployment and growth of 4G mobile
technology in India is not easy due to several challenges faced by the telecommunication industry or 4G service providers.
- Multiple Frequencies
- Voice over LTE
However, in the coming months you will see the overall Internet user pie growing with almost all the growth happening on smart phones. And even there, a large number will be on 4G.
Last modified: March 3, 2018