India added 28 million users in mobile subscriptions in Q1 ended March this year. According to Ericsson`s Mobility report, the total base is now 790 million. Among the top five countries by net additions, India is the leader, accounted for more than 50% of new mobile subscriptions in Q1.
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Ericsson expect that the total number of mobile subscriptions will exceed the world`s population in 2015. By the end of 2019, they predict that the mobile broadband subscriptions will reach 7,6 billion, representing more than 80% of total mobile subscriptions.
It is also expected that the number of smart phone subscriptions will reach 5,6 billion at the end of 2019. 65% of all phones sold worldwide in Q1 were smartphones. Smartphone subscriptions will exceed those for basic phones in a couple of years.
India is growing! So are the smart phone sales. It skyrocketed in 2013 and 44 million shipments is a big jump compared with 16,2 million a year earlier. The growth is expected to continue in 2014. The Indian consumer is expected to consume four times the amount of mobile data per month, contributing to the 10-fold growth prediction in mobile data traffic between 2013 and 2019.
It’s expected to see a shift in 2016, as the networks will go from GSM to 3G and 4G, and that will help cellular Machine-to-Machine (M2M) devices to grow significantly. 3G and 4G will represent the majority of active cellular M2M subscriptions in a few years.
Cellular M2M is taking off, and the number of active cellular M2M devices will increase to about 4 times by 2019, from 200 million at the end of last year to about 800 million in 2019. It is expected to see more than 20% of the active cellular M2M devices to be connected to LTE subscriptions.
In 2019, China will reach over 700 million LTE subscriptions, and that is more than 25% of total global subscriptions for LTE. Europe will only see LTE subscriptions penetration of 30% compared to 85% in North America.
China`s TCL Communication is preparing to launch 4G phablets in a tie up with Reliance Jio Infocomm, which is likely to roll out its much-awaited high-speed data and voice services in Q2 this year.
TCL Communication is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and part of China`s TCL Corporation. They sell smartphones under Alcatel One Touch brand. The Chinese company bought the Alcatel phone business in 2005. A phablet is a mobile handset with 5 to 6,9 inch screen size.
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