India Will Become Fully 4g Nation In 2018: Opensignal
OpenSignal says India will become fully 4G Nation In 2018:
OpenSignal, the provider of technology to measure mobile network performance, has predicted in a report that ‘4G’ coverage is increasing day by day in India and the country will become a 100% 4G nation in 2018. The report cites ‘Reliance Jio’ as the catalyst which has been the shaping this data revolution happening in the country and has conjectured that due to the increased focus on revenues and profits, the company may raise the mobile data tariffs in 2018.
OpenSignal has come out with a report in which they have analyzed the Indian 4G usage and performance. It has said that as every telecom company in the country aims for expansion, the usage & adoption of 4G services will continue to thrive in the whole of the country. OpenSignal has cited the predictions of Credit Rating Agency ‘Crisil’, as per which “mobile data penetration in India will reach a whopping 80% in 2018, up from 40% at present.” The report by OpenSignal also cites TRAI’s reports, which state that till the June quarter of the current financial year, Indians consumed 4.2 million terabytes of data, out of which 4G accounted for 3.9 million TBs, an increase of 500-times as compared to last year. OpenSignal expects this trend to continue in 2018 also and has highlighted that Reliance Jio has shaken the overall market dynamics of the Indian Telecom Industry and has disrupted everything as the company has been instrumental in reducing the price of per GB data to 80% and has been unwaveringly focused on increasing the 4G adoption in the country.
t is to be noted that as per Crisil, India is one of the fastest growing mobile markets in the world, and the country’s current mobile data subscriber penetration stands at 40%. The agency expects this mobile coverage to double to 80% by 2022. As per OpenSignal’s report, “The expected consolidation of the telecom market will likely lead to several operators combining their spectrum holdings, which could provide India with the necessary boost in speed.” These more powerful combined networks would provide more capacity as well as support more sophisticated LTE-Advanced technology, increasing average speeds available to consumers.” The report also acknowledges that lower generation wireless technologies are still occupying a fair share of the mobile data arena; however, it emphasizes that LTE services have taken the leading role in the unprecedented increase of data users in the past year due to Reliance Jio.
Commenting on the LTE availability, OpenSignal states “LTE availability in India is remarkable because users were able to connect to an LTE signal over 84% of the time, a rise of over 10 percentage points from a year earlier.” Comparing India with other countries, the report states, “This places India ahead of more established countries in the 4G landscape such as Sweden, Taiwan, Switzerland or the U.K. Among the key mobile operators providing 4G services, Jio — which made its debut just over a year ago — has been greatly responsible for advancing the adoption of 4G services in the country.”