Ericsson, a world-renowned telecommunications equipment and technology provider, has released an updated version of the “Ericsson Mobility Report” via a virtual briefing. In its analysis for India, Ericsson said that with 5G, the average monthly data consumption per device will increase from 20 GB per month to 50 GB per month by 2027 to 20 GB per month in 2021.
Dr. Thiaw Seng Ng, Head of Network Evolution, SEA, Oceania and India, Ericsson said that total mobile traffic in the Indian region is expected to grow by a factor of 4 between 2021 and 2027. The growth will be driven by a increase in the number of smartphone users in the months and years to come.
There will be around 500 million 5G subscriptions in India by 2022
The report states that by 2027, 39% of total mobile subscriptions will be 5G connections. In exact numbers, there would be around 500 million 5G subscriptions in India by 2022, Ericsson said. The contribution of 4G will drop over the years to reach 55% in 2027. In exact figures, there would be around 700 million 4G subscriptions in the country by 2027.
Ericsson said North America will lead in 5G subscription penetration over the next five years with nine out of ten subscriptions in the region expected to be 5G connections by 2027.
Ericsson’s report mentions that 5G is evolving faster than any previous generation of mobile technology. It is true that 5G smartphone sales are increasing in India every following quarter while there is absolutely no live commercial 5G network. This is an encouraging sign for Indian telecom operators as they invest in 5G.
One thing to note here is that 4G will still be very relevant in 2027 and this is an opportunity for a telco such as Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to move forward and build a strong business around consumer mobile services with the launch of 4G.