India has the highest average data usage per smartphone, reaching 9.8 GB per month at the end of 2018, according to a new study by Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson. The report also forecasts that this figure is likely to double to 18 GB per month per smartphone by 2024.
In 2018, mobile data traffic per smartphone per month stood at 7 GB for North America, 3.1 GB for Latin America, 6.7 GB for Western Europe, 4.5 GB for Central and Eastern Europe, 3 GB for Middle East and Africa, 7.1 GB for northeast Asia and 3.6 GB for southeast Asia and Oceania region.
The ‘Ericsson Mobility Report’ added that total smartphone subscriptions in the region is likely to reach 1.1 billion by 2024, growing at 11% CAGR, while the total mobile broadband subscriptions in India are expected to grow from about 610 million in 2018 to 1.25 billion in 2024.
Interestingly, according to Ericsson, Indian smartphone users are willing to pay more than 66% premium for 5G services.