India to have 280 million 4G connections by 2020, overall base to touch 1 billion: GSMA

India’s telecom industry will have nearly 1 billion unique mobile subscribers by 2020 up from 616 million such users in June 2016, even as the number of 4G connections will touch 280 million by 2020 from just three million at the end of 2015, global industry body GSMA said in its latest report, ‘The Mobile Economy: India 2016’.



The report said that improving affordability, falling device prices, operator investments in network coverage and quality will help increase the country’s overall subscriber base with an additional 330 million unique subscribers in India by 2020.

With 1 billion unique mobile subscribers, the telecom penetration rate will surge to 68 per cent of the population by 2020, up from 47 per cent in 2015, the report said. India recently became the world’s second-largest smartphone market with an installed base of 275 million devices, overtaking the United States.

GSMA, in the report, said that the country will also see a significant uptake in mobile subscriptions, broadband and connectivity by 2020, marking a period of rapid development of the country’s mobile economy. The Indian mobile industry’s contribution to GDP is likely to grow to Rs 14 lakh crore by 2020, up from Rs 9 lakh crore in 2015, the report said.

The number of 3G and 4G mobile broadband connections is projected to cross 670 million by 2020, which is 48 per cent of the total connection base, the report further added. The global body said that the Indian telecom industry will be investing significantly in network expansion and upgradation. The operator capital expenditure will be growing to USD 34 billion or Rs 2.3 lakh crore ot for the period 2016 to 2020.

GSMA said that 670 million will have access to mobile internet services by 2020, up from 430 million as of mid-2016. Mats Granryd, Director General of GSMA said that reform in key areas, including modernising regulation and long-term planning for spectrum allocation would accelerate mobile broadband access and adoption across the country.

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October 28, 2016 12:45 pm 12:45 PM

battery drain in 4g vs 2g network in idle conditions ?.


standby of jio vs bsnl 2g.

let assume
*signal level 3/5. – on both 4g or 2g
*non movable user. – like sitting in one place (office).

Love Airtel
October 28, 2016 7:48 pm 7:48 PM

Who cares? Why would you use much slower 2G even if it means 10% more battery life? Even 3G seems outdated now, let alone 2G.

October 28, 2016 10:47 am 10:47 AM

There will not be even 10% who will use 4G connection regularly because of high mobile data tariff and no 1 GB / 2GB paid data packs with 30 days validity in Jio. Then what is the point of just having a 4G connection?.

October 28, 2016 3:52 pm 3:52 PM

I’ve been using 4G regularly since 2015. Most people I know do as well. I understand college boys crying about tariff, but if you are a grown man and still worried about mobile bill, then you need to get a better job. How will you afford school and university fees for your kids if a a few hundred rupees on mobile is too costly for you?

October 28, 2016 5:05 pm 5:05 PM

If you are ready to even pay Rs.500 per GB, do not expect everyone to do so.

You and all barked that everyone cannot afford Samsung Note 4 just for me mentioning its related news. Do you follow the same rule for mobile data?. Or g e t o u t from here.

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
October 28, 2016 3:00 pm 3:00 PM

Lmao. I died laughing 😀