Nokia Report Reveals Increased Subscriber Appetite For 3G In 2015; Will 4 Replace 3 In 2016?

Nokia’s annual report- The MBiT Index study, on mobile broadband performance in India was released on Tuesday. The report revealed the growing subscription appetite for multimedia, social networking and video services in Indian market which makes up for 60% data traffic.

According to the study, overall mobile data traffic grew by 50% in 2015, with 3G traffic outpacing 2G across all circles for the first time in India, despite having data share of only around 11-15% as compared to 2G. 3G data traffic witnessed an exponential growth across India in 2015. 3G device penetration little more than doubled during the year while new network launches and expansions in existing circles boosted data expansion beyond larger circles.


Year 2015 was really great significant for 3G service providers in India, when they managed to crack several figures:

  • Average monthly data usage for 3G surpassed 750 MB per subscriber.
  • 85% year-on-year 3G traffic growth in 2015 following 3G expansion and device availability.

Will 4 Be Mere Replacement Of 3 From 3G In Writing?

With a lot of network providers poised to roll out their 4G services and existing providers set to expand their penetration, faster data service will increase the data traffic in 2016. After-all 4G service consumption grew eight-fold in 2015, given all the success 3G and 2G achieved in India.

With all the compatibility issues, inverse subscription versus speed theory and competition from co-existing 2G and 3G services, will 4G generate enough excitement in mobile users in India?

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