Mobile data traffic in India could increase by 60-fold between 2012-2017, with an annual growth of 127 percent, according to Cisco’s annual VNI mobile forecast. According to the report, the average smartphone in India generated 174 megabytes of mobile data traffic per month in 2012, up from 82 megabytes per month in 2011. The mobile traffic generated in 2012 stood at 15 petabytes per month and it could increase to 0.90 exabytes per month by 2017. Additionally, the report postulates the mobile traffic in India could rise 2.1 times faster than fixed IP traffic between 2012 and 2017. Also Read - 5 best Father’s Day gift ideas under Rs 2,000 for your tech savvy dad
By 2017, mobile traffic in India will account for 29 percent of the total traffic, up from 5 percent in 2012. On an average a device consumes 15MB per month, but that’s set to rise to 596 MB per month by 2017. If one changes the context to per user basis then on an average an user consumes 23MB per month, but this will rise to 918 MB per month by 2017. Also Read - Nokia 110 4G and Nokia 105 4G with 1,020mAh battery announced
According to the report India’s mobile traffic in 2012 increased by 2.4 times and by 2018 consumers will account for 90 percent of the mobile traffic in comparison to 84 percent of the mobile traffic that comes from consumers right now. Also Read - Twitter vs government: Twitter India loses legal protection for not complying with IT rules on time
Looking at the business side of things mobile traffic grew by 1.9-times and the overall traffic will increase by 38 times by 2017 accounting 10 percent of all the traffic in-comparison to the current 16 percent data point.
Video will be one of the main reasons for the growth in mobile data traffic as this will grow exponentially. The report claims that video traffic will grow 87-fold between 2012 and 2017 and video traffic alone will account for 536,010 TB per month by 2017.