India To Become Second Largest Mobile Broadband Market By 2016: [Report]

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Mobile broadband market in India is heading towards an explosive growth in next four years from now. The revolution started in 2010 when 3G spectrum was first rolled out to telecom operators in India. However, it was just the beginning of mobile broadband revolution across the country and with the recent launch of 4G, mobile broadband market in India is expected to touch the new heights of number of new connections.

The mobile broadband connections in India have tremendously been growing since 2010. Recently, GSMA has reportedly announced that India would become the second largest global mobile broadband market by 2016, followed by the U.S. Undoubtedly, it would be a great hearsay that India will have 367 million mobile broadband connections within four years from now, followed by the U.S. with 337 million connections. However, China will have higher numbers of connections, 639 million by 2016, compare to the U.S. and India during the same period.

Director general of the GSMA—Anne Bouverot—said, “The mobile industry in India is set for immense growth as Mobile Broadband technologies such as HSPA and LTE start to proliferate, but there is scope for far greater development. To take full advantage of this, the Indian government should facilitate the timely release of additional spectrum in a fair and transparent way for all stakeholders. The benefits are clear to see – a 10 per cent increase in Mobile Broadband penetration could contribute as much as US$80 billion (INR 3,506 billion) of revenue across the country’s transport, healthcare and education sectors by 2015(2).”

Currently, there are more than 10 million HSPA connections in India, and it’s increasing with the exponential swift year-over-year. The total HSPA connections is expected to reach 100 million by 2014 in India, a 900 percent increase within two years. In this way, India will become the largest HSPA global market in next two years, followed by China, Japan and the US.

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According to a recent study by GSMA’s Wireless Intelligence Service, despite of large rural population, mobile connections in India are tremendously growing day-by-day. For this, the main credit goes to affluent communities of Indian cities. A net addition in urban areas was 85 million in the last year, while it was 57 million in rural sectors.

The Wireless Intelligence Service has also elaborated that an average retail price of an LTE Smartphone is US$500 in India–which costs four times the average monthly GDP per capita of the country. However, proliferation of LTE networks and availability of large number of Smartphones across the world might reduce the cost of LTE Smartphones in India. In addition to these,  initiatives like Aakash tablet and some other cheap Tablets and Smartphones  have also changed the geographical myths across the country.

Via: India Telecom News

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