Average Indian uses 19.5GB of data per month: Report


Average data consumption per user in India is set to reach 19.5GB per user a month in 2022, which is equivalent to 6,600 songs, a report showed on Thursday.

According to Nokia’s annual Mobile Broadband Index (MBiT) report, mobile data traffic in India has grown 3.2 times over the past five years, reaching 14 exabytes per month.

The report showed that all-India mobile data usage per month is set to increase from 4.5 exabytes in 2018 to 14.4 exabytes in 2022.

4G and 5G subscribers now account for nearly 100 per cent of the total mobile data traffic in the country.

“India has seen tremendous growth in mobile broadband based on the successful deployment of 4G LTE networks. We believe that 5G will drive mobile broadband consumption in India to the next level by enabling new digital use cases for both the consumer and enterprise segments,” said Sanjay Malik, SVP and Head of India Market at Nokia.

On an aggregate level, the total mobile data consumption in India is expected to more than double by 2024.

Over 70 million 5G devices are estimated to be shipped in India in 2022, indicating a strong traction for 5G in the market.

According to the report, enterprise spending on private 5G networks will be driven by new use cases across diverse industry verticals including manufacturing, utilities, transportation and healthcare in India.

The country’s investment in private wireless networks is expected to reach approximately $250 million by 2027.

“It is imperative that this growth is managed in a sustainable manner while supporting India’s goal of becoming a trillion-dollar digital economy,” Malik said.


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