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India has been stuck in the internet revolution for many a years. And while the country is progressing at a rapid speed, infrastructure is not growing fast enough. With new businesses sprouting each day, the need for a connected economy has increased considerably.

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India’s Massive Market

India is one of the largest consumers of mobile phones in the world. Enough so, that many manufacturers have put India in the first list of launch countries. According to the TRAI Performance Indicator Report, India has 414.18 million wireless GSM connected users as of March 2015. But this is just in the rural sector, the all India number is at 705.21 928 Million according to the COAI report of May 2015 and Others report of Dec 2014. This number also receives staggering growth of 2.5% month on month in the Rural sector and a growth of 0.90% month on month nationwide.

What appears to be a small growth percentage, 2.5% growth means that the industry is adding approximately 10.2 million rural subscribers a month at the current trend. This additional user base earns the industry approximately Rs. 1200 crore each quarter. This large number is only a dip in an industry that moved around Rs. 26781 crore in revenue in Q4 2014.

The large revenue for the telecom operators is driven largely by the large number of users and large user base additions each month. But how much has the industry progressed since the begining of the internet age.

Data Traffic Growth

[pullquote_left] By the End of 2014 the World was Consuming 3000 PetaBytes of Data [/pullquote_left]

Global consumption of mobile data is through the roof. By Q4 2010 the world was only getting acquainted to mobile data and consumption of data on a portable phone was at 400 PetaBytes (mobile data traffic Up+Down). However, by the end of 2014 the world was consuming 3000 PetaBytes of Data. The industry estimates that the growth with continue by 60-70% each month.

Global Launch Trends

HSPA 42 Mbps networks have been commercially launched in 86 countries, while LTE networks have been commercially launched in 112 countries. So far, 40 LTE TDD networks have been made commercially available in 27 countries, with 27 operators launching LTE services using only the TDD mode, and 13 deploying both TDD and FDD modes together. 6 In a mixed LTE FDD/TDD network, the use of FDD for the uplink can improve the effective coverage area of the TDD band, and can also make TDD more efficient on the downlink.

On the other side mobile operators in 75 countries have now launched HD voice commercially. VoLTE or “voice on LTE” provides users with telecom-grade HD voice, video calling and other new, richer communication services on LTE smartphones.

State of Indian Networks

Despite all the launches mentioned above, India remains as a part of none of them. While India contributes to a large percentage of global mobile data usage, it all somehow comes from poor data connections.

Mobile Traffic vs PC Traffic

It is estimated that if connection quality and speeds were to improve in India, the present data consumption would increase by 400%. A number that the industry should play close attention to. Over 60% of the data consumption in India was mobile data by the end of 2014.

Mobile Data Drivers

Out of the total mobile data consumed in India, 45% comes from video playback from websites like YouTube. A large chunk of music streaming services are also responsible for driving mobile data in the country.

Mobile data usage trend

Mobile Data Usage

[pullquote_left]55% of mobile data will be consumed for Video services[/pullquote_left]

Globally, YouTube is responsible for consumption of 40-60% of mobile data, a number which is relatively lower at 17% in India due to mobile data connectivity and speed limitations.

It is estimated that by the year 2020, 55% of mobile data will be consumed for Video services. Reaching this percentage will be possible by the implementation of 5G mobile data globally. 5G services are being tested in over 8 countries as we read this, while implementation for global markets is kept at 2019. India (and some other markets) are not a part of this implementation list.

Mobile Data consumption

India is about 5 years behind the 4G rollout targets (Dec 2010) and 2 years behind LTE 2.0. HD Voice and Video are not being talked about by the Indian industry leaders, despite the fact that India is one of the largest contributors to the overall revenue for the mobile industry.

Data and Future

India needs fast internet access, as a developing nation, its metropolitan cities need to be connected to the world. With a boom in startup culture and high paying jobs with international markets, most suffer due to lack of internet access. Video consumption and video calling with services like Skype, Google Hangouts and even FaceTime are at an all time high and consumers end up paying large sums of money just to say connected.

[pullquote_right]FUP has slowed down growth[/pullquote_right]

The biggest limiting factor in the whole telecom industry is the limited usage policies implemented by the companies. The limited usage policy or fair usage policy (FUP) was first implemented by Airtel and Tata Teleservices to prevent users for exploiting their internet connection speeds and downloading illegal materials from the internet.

The FUP has since not been removed and with no pressure from TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) this antiquated method continues to haunt each user.

Airtel is one of the biggest users of this aged method of policing the usage of high speed data and is also one who exploits its use the most to benefit in the long run. Airtel has annoying auto redirects (Smart Bytes) that transfer you to a buy page insisting that you buy additional data packs to continue on the fast speed. These packs are usually 4-5 times the cost of the bundled data and tend to really hurt consumers financially.

The world is getting connected, using a highway of data which is not only fast but also super efficient and budget friendly.

Unlimited data is one of the perks of a liberated growing economy. The current government showed success by choosing the internet as a means of communications with its potential voters.  There are claims from our telecom ministers claiming that “India plays a crucial role in the future of the internet.

However, we are no where near that future. Most operators globally offer the ability to choose a plan that suits the customers needs. The United States and countries like United Kingdom, Australia, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Canada and many others are not familiar with the term FUP. In fact, any form of throttling is against the law in many of these countries.  Terming the so called limiting plans as “marketing gimmicks” countries have ensured that the consumer gets what he pays for, no more and especially no less.

Google Fibre Deployment Map

Google Fibre Deployment Map

Then there are packages from the likes of Google Fibre limited in reach and availability, Google has made possible speeds of upto 1000 Mbps for as little as US $ 70/month (chump change compared to what iGyaan spends for Internet) available at residences across the United States. They also offer a “Basic Plan” which is at 5 Mbps downloads and 1 Mbps uploads (unlimited) for a price of US $0 if you pay the installation fee. Free Internet! If that does not help the startup economy, then what else will?

[pullquote_left] Something needs to change [/pullquote_left]

India and Indians deserve the ability to get unlimited internet, the users seem to be paying for it, but nobody seems to be getting it. Riddled by hidden corporate talk and contracts that fool the customers into believing that they are getting the best possible deal. Everybody has the right to stay connected, and a fast internet connection is more like a lifeline today.

Many sectors in the country do offer high speed data connections for a higher price. However, these too are controlled by limits, and speed drops are often too high. A 100 Mbps connection from Airtel Fibrenet drops to a mere 512 Kbps post a 100GB download. A simple math calculation will tell you that it takes just 2 Hours, 23 Minutes and 9.93 Seconds to download 100 GB on such a connection. Post the download you either have to pay heavy sums of money to get data packs or live with a devastatingly slow 512 Kbps which would take 19 Days, 10 Hours, 2 Minutes and 1.6 Seconds to download the same 100 GB. Airtel charges INR 5,999 + tax for this plan , making it well over US $100. Now compare this to Google’s 1000 Mbps line with no limits whatsoever, which costs US $ 70 /month.

Something needs to change and fast! Sign our petition below and be part of the voice of change. #StopFUP #EndFUP

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Source : [tw-button size=”small” background=”” color=”” target=”_blank” link=”http://www.ericsson.com”]Ericsson Report[/tw-button][tw-button size=”small” background=”” color=”” target=”_blank” link=”http://www.coai.com”]COAI[/tw-button]

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Bharat Nagpal
Founder and Chief Editor of iGyaan. Bharat likes to keep on top of technology ! Follow Him on Google Plus : Google+
93 comments
anonymous22545
anonymous22545

Why people are asking for free internet ??? Companies have already made more higher money than they have invested for infrastructure and all.... then they should provide free calls.... that would be valid... 

alphonsepaeran
alphonsepaeran

I saw one of the comments in the change.org petition that internet is a fundamental right and access to that should be made free. Only a stupid will make such a baseless statement. The ISPs Airtel, Tata, etc., have spent lakhs of crores in setting up the infrastructure and they are not charity to give away internet connection for free. It is good to ask for lowering the costs, but asking it for free is douchy.


It is ignorance to ask for the removal of FUP. In fact only self centered people would demand that. As we all know that so many people use torrents in India to download movies in 100s of GBs per month. Using internet like this is not your fundamental right or what you can demand. In fact, it is illegal. So, stop being retards and ask for what you actually shall.


Grow up, bunch of idiots!

kschanay
kschanay

I completely disagree with you. We pay rent and installation charges for every connection.. And that amount is no less .. There are millions of customers paying every month .. It's ISPs duty to cut the expences not ours. They should stop wasting money on high budget advertising. Which eventually is taken from customers pocket.. Who downloads what that is not your concern. Orthodox ppl like you are responsible for this position of India today where everyone is forced to do what few idiots want.

AnkurPandey
AnkurPandey

I <3 Vodafone 3G!! 7 days and 100GB+ Download at consistent 1-2.5 MBPs speeds!

PS: I'm not paying even a single penny for that! And i'm on Windows 10 RTM!

Siddhant Desai
Siddhant Desai

And I saw an airtel ad on ur website :3 about a broadband connection at zero cost \U0001f602

Mehedi
Mehedi

Gp, Banglalink, Robi, Airtel সিমের সব আফার পেতে ভিজিট করুণ GpfreeBD.CoM এছাড়া আপনার ফোনের জন্য নতুন সব Software & Game পেতে ভিজিট করুণ GpfreeBD.CoM

Moinak Ghosh
Moinak Ghosh

2500 people have already signed the petition... I have done a bit myself. I have forgotten mentioning the name of your website in my page whle sharing the link. Hope that is not going to be much of a problem. Kudos for your effort man Bharat....

Anmol Vyas
Anmol Vyas

Bai aab itna b maat mango..... Baba j ka thulu b ni milna phr \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

Tarun Yadav
Tarun Yadav

What if i say u r not gona eat tomorrow

Amodh Naik
Amodh Naik

there already are plans for broadband without FUP

Aditya Vardhan
Aditya Vardhan

Akash, Anish, Ankit, Harsh Sujay others \U0001f602

TheGeekyMan
TheGeekyMan

@iGyaan Gr8 initiative. ...keep up the good work....we will keep supporting

PunyaPrusty
PunyaPrusty

bro Bsnl EVDO may work in your particular area but every where else speeds barely reach 100 to 200 kbps. Plus we want Truly unlimited broadband by definition of world standards which is 4 mbps at minimum

Goutham Msdian
Goutham Msdian

only for mobile ?? . not for broadband connection ?

RSUDHARSAN
RSUDHARSAN

FUP is real nonsense and it is all money making game by cheating customers in the name of unlimited data

AkashS
AkashS

I'm paying Rs. 995 per month for 10 GB of data (30 KB/sec to 200 KB/sec) + unlimited at 8 KB/sec and after some time it goes down to 200 bytes/sec.


I am TATA Photon GSM user, they call it fair and never did anything to improve the service and always give excuses, they're useless.

PunyaPrusty
PunyaPrusty

@AkashS I can understand your pain i had used the same up until march this year

Bhavya Joshi
Bhavya Joshi

Signed.. But nothing is going to happen this Beggars are increasing prices of data packs without ny shame n i really don't kw wat happened with that "Net Neutrality" scenario..\U0001f615\U0001f615

RaviSawalia
RaviSawalia

i think we are talking about mobile data and not the fibre connection


Arun Golla
Arun Golla

Last time we had to email them. This is a petition on change.org. Nothing's exposed unless you want it to be.

Devang Chhabria
Devang Chhabria

Shashank Chaudhary check the link in the comments above