Data Tariffs Take Nosedive With 93% Decline During the Last Three Years: DoT

There’s no doubt that prices of the mobile internet have come down by a huge margin in the last 18 months, courtesy of Reliance Jio’s free data services and affordable tariff plans. Today, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) said that mobile internet increased by 93% while data usage per user surged by over 25 times in three years to 2017. “Cheapest tariff globally — Rs 33 per GB in 2014 to Rs 21 per GB as on September 2017, tariff reduction of 93%,” DoT posted on Twitter earlier today. It all started with Reliance Jio’s entry to the Indian market back in September 2016. The Mukesh Ambani-led telco managed to offer a GB of data at just Rs 4 per day. And it’s pretty much obvious that with falling mobile data rates, data usage also grew by a massive number. “Average data usage per subscriber grew 25 times from 62 MB per month in 2014 to 1.6 GB per month in 2017,” DoT tweeted.

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That said, the mobile data consumption in India has increased multi-fold and thanks to Reliance Jio, the mobile data consumption in India is now the highest in the world at 1.3 million GB per month. And the per month usage of India is more than combined data usage in the US and China, the DoT said.

Also, the craze for affordable 4G services also forced customers to get a new 4G handset, which in turn resulted in the larger penetration of smartphone in India. The 4G Smartphone shipments in India more than doubled from 190 million to 390 million during the period. The Internet users also increased by about 66% from 251 million to 429 million in June 2017. These numbers are from 2014 to 2017.

“The broadband access in the country increased from 61 million subscribers in March 2014 to 325 million subscribers in September 2017,” the DoT further tweeted. DoT also confirmed that telecom operators managed to double the mobile base stations during the three-year period from 7.9 lakh in May 2014 to 16.8 lakh by 2017-end. Furthermore, telcos will be working hard to expand the coverage by adding more mobile sites during the FY19.

As per Trai’s latest report, there are 445.9 million Internet subscribers at the end of December 2017.

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PARAG SHAH
March 31, 2018 2:46 pm 2:46 PM

India is grateful to jio , which provided the way to unlock potential of our citizens.The data peak may have 50 # entertainment value, but balane is used for business, trade, eductin, government service and many other foras. THANK YOU MUKESH AMBANI JI

Nikhil
March 30, 2018 7:52 pm 7:52 PM

Airtel has to do lot of work behind the scenes to compete with Jio!!!!! Instead of matching tariffs right now they should build infrastructure which is good for 4G and 5G for next seven years!!!!! Revenue will start increasing post March 2020!!!!! Till then nothing can beat Jio!!!!! Start buying spectrum and use it as soon as possible!!!!! Shut off your 2G and 3G as soon as possible to avoid Havoc in future!!!!!

Airtel User
March 30, 2018 10:21 pm 10:21 PM

Nikhil aka The Nostradamus of TT.

Nikhil
March 31, 2018 7:37 pm 7:37 PM

Means?????

sumant
April 2, 2018 11:44 am 11:44 AM

Nostradamus was a person who predicted something long long back, and it happened true. So you are “Nostradamus” in his eyes

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
March 30, 2018 7:05 pm 7:05 PM

All hail Jio for bringing about this massive revolution.
Also according to reports, Jio has extended the Jio Prime validity by another year for free to all Prime users.

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