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Mobile Broadband India Traffic Index 2020

All you want about Internet Traffic in 2020

MBiT Index is a report on mobile broadband performance in India.
It is prepared by Nokia.

It aims to provide valuable insight, data and analysis on mobile broadband traffic growth in India.

The report co-relates data usage trends with various demand and supply-side drivers of the connectivity ecosystem such as :-
– handsets and devices,
– content,
– subscriber usage patterns and
– network investments by mobile operators.

Data Usage

According to the 2020 report, the overall data traffic in India increased by 47 % in 2019, driven by continued 4G consumption.

The traffic grew 44 times in last 2015-19, which is amongst the highest globally

3G data traffic showed its highest ever decline of 30%

Average data usage per month reaching 11.2 GB in December 2019

Cheapest mobile data in the world
2019 – Rs. 7/GB
2015- Rs. 226/GB

4G devices

4G device base grew by 1.5x over the last year
with devices growing from 335 million in 2018 to 486 million in 2019 driven by launch of
variety of models by brands at aggressive pricing.

The Network

  • Broadband penetration has increased as operators have rolled out 4G network in various circles like Bihar, Haryana,Kerala,
    J&K, Madhya Pradesh etc
  • Broadband penetration in India is at around 47%, which is significantly lower compared to China at 95%, and other
    European nations at around 95-115%.
  • In spite of having low average throughput, India has a high average data usage.
  • Increase in mobile network speed will further propel the data usage in the country

Video consumption

  • Video consumption in the country has been on the rise with spurt in number of over-the-top (OTT) platforms (like Netflix,
    Amazon Prime Video and other regional content platforms).
  • Video consumption has surged due to an aggressive distribution strategy and innovations like sachet pricing and mobile only packs by OTT players
  • Massive increase in OTT consumption fueled by rising smartphone users and falling data tariffs led to increase in 4G data traffic


India surpassed USA in annual smartphone shipments for the first time with 158 million shipments.

2G phone shipments saw a steep decline of ~25% in 2019 However, there are around 400 million 2G users

Growing requirement for more reliable, secure & higher capacityconnectivity is driving the demand for advanced solutions

Industry 4.0

The report also pointed out that several innovative Industry 4.0 use cases will drive the uptake of ‘Private LTE’ in the country.
These use cases range from remote monitoring in manufacturing and mining, material handling through augmented reality in warehouses, logistics etc.
This will advance digital transformation across different business verticals and will pave the way for 5G technology, the report said.

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