Global telecom industry body GSMA expects India to have 920 million unique mobile subscribers by 2025, which will include 88 million 5G connections.
As originally reported by the Economic Times, the GSMA Intelligence report released in May said, “5G connections in India are forecast to reach 88 million by 2025…this will leave India trailing regional peers such as China, which is set to see almost 30% of its total connection base on 5G by 2025.”
The report said there were almost 750 million subscribers at the end of 2018 and expected to reach around 920 million by 2025.
It said, “India alone will generate almost a quarter of the world’s new mobile subscribers over this period.”
The GSMA states that the data consumption pattern in India on 4G network supports in time uptake of new 5G devices and services.
However, the ability of telecom operators to invest in network which requires favourable support on policy and regulatory fronts determines the emergence of 5G ecosystem in India.
The GSMA has predicted that the Indian mobile market will return to revenue growth in the second half on 2019 and continue to grow modestly till 2025, but markets revenue will still be below the level of 2016, indicating that market repair will be a slow and challenging process.
The industry body said in February that 5G is on track to account for 15% of global mobile connections by 2025 – with a key element to this the continued launches in 2019 and greater device compatibility. The 2019 global edition of the GSMA’s Mobile Economy report also found that global IoT connections will triple to 25 billion by 2025 – global IoT revenue quadrupling and breaking £787.01 billion in that time – while 4G will continue to see concerted growth.
In the same month, it announced that mobile IoT or low power wide area (LPWA) networks are now available across the globe in licenced spectrum in 49 markets. This move follows 93 launches by 50 different mobile operators across both LTE-M and NB-IoT and the coverage is now likely to reach nearly 93% of the total IoT markets by Q2-2019.
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