Survey : Indian 4G User Base to Hit Close to 15 Million by December 2015
Even though 3G is still taking its time to adjust in India, it seems like 4G might catch up soon and win the race. A recent report by PwC forecasted that the 4G subscriber base in the subcontinent will touch 10-15 million by December 2015.
In a statement by PwC for Indian telecom sector, “We expect 4G LTE subscribers to reach 10-15 million by December 2015 driven by competitive pricing, superior network experience and affordable smartphones.”
Arpita Pal, PwC Leader Telecom, added, “In 2015, we will witness multiple Indian players launching 4G on a more efficient 1800MHz spectrum and Indians subscribers will adopt 4G wholeheartedly to satiate their needs for mobile data.” Adding the fact that LTE will be accessible in India as well.
Aircel and Bharti Airtel are the first to bring the 4G service in India, although it is present in select states only. Reliance Jio Infocomm, BSNL and Tikona are amongst others to launch the same in the coming year.
The consultancy firm stated, “India will see a significant spurt in Wi-Fi hotspots driven by both government smart cities and ‘Digital India’ and private sector initiatives.”
For us, the result of the survey seems far-fetched. Although network providers might give the service, it will take some time before users switch up and invest in 4G capable devices.