Indians Consumed 55 Million GB Data In 2019; 66 Crore Indians Are Now Using Internet!
Like electricity, food and water, data has become an integral part of our life.
The same is proved by the data presented by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) in its latest report shared with the public using the data available until September 2019.
Indians Using Data Like Never Before
According to this report, presented by Trai, the data usage figure, which was only 828 million GB back in 2014 has no climbed up to 46,404 million GB during the year 2018.
Since the data for 2019 has only been compiled until September 2019, but looking at the data surely reveals that India is all set to surpass the previous figure by a large margin.
As per the reports, this year, India has already consumed upwards of 54,917 million GBs of data till September.
Moreover, the wireless subscribers which were only 281.58 million at the end of the year 2014, have now come up to be 664.80 million at the end of September 2019.
This represents a 36.36% annual growth in the wireless data subscribers.
How Much Data Demand Grew?
While talking about the data demand growth, the Trai said “the volume of total wireless data usage increased from 828 million GB during the year 2014 to 46,404 million GB during the year 2018-19. The wireless data usage in the year 2019 is expected to surpass the previous year’s usage by a significant margin as reflected by usage of 54,917 million GB until September 2019.”
According to statistics, the recorded data usage for 2018 was 46,406 million GB data, whereas, in 2017, it was 20,092 million GB.
Before this in 2016, only 4642 million GB data was used in the country, thus showing that in the three year period, data consumption in India has doubled.
Reasons Behind Surge In Data Usage
According to Trai, the data usage in India has grown by a massive margin owing to the entry of the telecom service provider which has brought the 4G only network in the country based on the Long Term Evolution (LTE) or the 4G technology.
To face the competition, other operators have also followed the lead and then implemented a 4G network on a much larger scale to match up to the competition.
Trai is expecting a growth in data usage in the coming days due to the gradual adaption of this technology further.
What About Affordability?
As per the reports, the two of the major pillars behind the growth of data usage in India has been the shift from 2G to 4G in large parts of the country and also the availability of affordable smartphones.
The affordability of smartphones and consequently, very cheap data has led to high demands. (Reference)
Apart from that, the content which was once only available in a handful of language has crossed many barriers and is now available in regional languages as well, which is another factor behind more data consumption.