Scatmag.com

November 2019

TRAI'S DATA REPORT

In the past 5 years, mobile data price has plunged 95% to ₹ 11.78 per gigabyte (GB). However, the data revenue of telecom operators has risen 250% to ₹ 54,671 crore, according to a TRAI report.

India's data consumption rose 56 times, from 828 million GB in 2014 to 20,092 million GB in 2017 & 46,404 million GB in 2018.


In 5 Years, Mobile Data Price Plunged 95% But Telco's Data Revenues Increased 250%



MAINLY 4G

In 2018, 4G delivered 86.85% (40,304 million GB) of data to mobile phones. 3G (12.18%), 2G (0.95%) and CDMA (0.01%) followed.

"On introduction of 4G technology in India, average cost to subscriber for wireless data usage sharply declined to ₹ 75.57 per GB in 2016. It fell further from ₹ 19.35 in 2017 to ₹ 11.78 per GB in the year 2018," the report said.







WIRELESS DATA ARPU

The Average Revenue Per User rose to ₹ 90.02 in 2018 from ₹ 71.25 in 2014. "Total revenue from wireless data usage increased from ₹ 38,882 crore in 2017 to ₹ 54,671 crore in 2018, an annual growth of 40.61%. Wireless data revenue was ₹ 22,265 crore in 2014," the report said.




GLOBALLY HIGHEST DATA USAGE ON PHONES

According to a separate report by Ericsson - India has the highest average data usage per smartphone: 9.8 GB per month at end 2018. This is projected to double to 18 GB by 2024.


NON-DATA MOBILES

Despite the phenomenal growth of wireless data subscribers in the last 5 years, 50% of the 598 million total wireless subscribers still do not avail data services. n