Ericsson expects 500 million 5G mobile users in India by 2027, representing 39 percent of the total customer base.
This insight is part of a mobility report released by the Swedish telecoms equipment maker on Tuesday.
“It is estimated that the total mobile data traffic in the Indian region will grow by a factor of 4 between 2021 and 2027. This is due to the high growth in the number of smartphone users and the increase in average usage per smartphone. Average data traffic per smartphone in the region India is the second highest globally. It is expected to grow from 20 GB in 2021 to about 50 GB per month in 2027 – at a compound annual growth rate of 16 percent,” said Thiao Sing Ng, Head of Network Development at Ericsson, Southeast Asia. Oceania and India.
While 4G contributes about 68 percent of India’s total mobile subscriptions, its contribution is expected to drop to 55 percent in 2027. It is also expected that 4G subscriptions per year will drop to an estimated 700 million subscriptions in 2027 as subscribers move to 5G after the introduction of 5G in India, she said.
Globally, 5G will account for nearly half of mobile subscriptions by 2027 representing 4.4 billion subscriptions. Eighty percent of this growth will come from the shift from 5G-enabled devices to 5G, while a smaller contribution will be made by fixed wireless access and restricted private networks. Interest among businesses using 5G services remains high, and a study by Ericsson and research consultancy Omdia found that 52 percent of companies want to start using 5G within the next 12 months.
Commercial 5G services are expected to roll out in India in August. The spectrum auction will be held on July 26 with companies bidding for airwaves in multiple bands.