Reliance Jio Projected To Hold Full Dominance In 4G In Preceding Year: Report
India is gradually moving towards becoming a 4G power from developing a country. A report on Friday stated that in 2018, India may become a fully developed 4G country. London-based wireless company OpenSignal has said that after the entry of Jio in the Indian market, the price war started in the telecom industry. Customers benefited greatly from this. All operators were forced to launch affordable LTE services. This led to a large number of customers shifted to 4G, as never before.
OpenSignal’s Andrey Toth said, “This trend will continue even next year. There is a complete possibility of live domination in the 4G market. After giving free and inexpensive data for one year, the rates of plans might increase in 2018. After this, India’s operators have to work on a new strategy. Toth further said, “Jio’s spectacular 4G network has won the hearts of people very quickly. It’s the first company that has served free and offers cheap data plans. This resulted in more than 100 Million mobile subscribers across the country.”
According to Crisil’s precedent, there are 40% mobile data customers in India at present, which is expected to get double up to 80% by 2022. The report says, “LTE service has played an important role in increasing the number of data users last year. And, Jio must be accounted for that.”
According to data from TRAI, the total data usage increased to 4.2 million terabytes during the quarter that ended in June 2017, out of which 3.9 million terabytes are 4G data. Toth said, “The availability of LTE in India is remarkable. Users were able to connect with LTE signals 84% of the time. In terms of LTE availability, India is moving ahead of some major countries like Sweden, Taiwan, Switzerland and the UK as well.”
With the presence of just six months in the market, Jio positioned itself in the first place in the 4G race this year. According to a previous report of the company, 91.6% time users were connected to the LTE signal. While no other mobile operator in this test could score more than 60%.
According to Toth, post entry of Jio, after six months there was considerable improvement in the availability of all major operators, but this improvement was not enough to fill the gap with Jio. As per the latest LTE report, India was at the bottom of 77 countries. The average download speed here was 6.1Mbps, which was less than 10 Mbps from the global average. “One problem is seen that the increasing ranks of the network due to the increase of 4G customers, has reduced the average download speed,” Toth further added.