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Monthly Data Usage Per Smartphone Highest in India, States a Report by Ericsson

The June 2019 edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report forecasts 1.9 billion 5G subscriptions — up from 1.5 billion forecast in the November 2018 edition — an increase of 27 per cent

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With the availability of attractive data plans and higher video consumption among young users, monthly data usage per smartphone in India rose to 9.8 gigabytes (GB) at the end of 2018, the highest in the world, according to a Ericsson report on Wednesday.

Monthly data usage per smartphone would grow at 11 per cent to reach 18 GB by 2024 from 9.8 GB in 2018, said the Ericsson Mobility Report.

The mobile data traffic a month in India was expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23 per cent to 16 exabytes (EB) by 2024 from 4.6 EB in 2018, it added.

According to the report, mobile video traffic is fuelling the data traffic growth as users are spending more time streaming and sharing video.

As the evolution towards more advanced technologies continues in India, LTE (4G) is forecast to represent 82 per cent of mobile subscriptions by the end of 2024 compared with 38 per cent in 2018.

The LTE subscription in India is expected to grow at 17 per cent CAGR from 450 million in 2018 to 1.16 billion in 2024.

“The LTE will remain the most dominant access technology in the region up to 2024 even as 5G subscriptions are expected to grow during this period,” Nitin Bansal, Head of Ericsson India and Head of Network Solutions, South East Asia, Oceania and India, said in a statement.

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The total mobile subscriptions in the world was around 7.9 billion in the first quarter of 2019, with 44 million subscriptions added in the quarter.

However, in India, the number of subscriptions declined by 14 million, mainly due to introduction of a minimum regular recharge amount by some large operators to tackle low-paying users and increase average revenue per user (ARPU), the report added.

The number of smartphone subscriptions is forecast to reach 7.2 billion in 2024. At the end of 2018, there were 5.1 billion smartphone subscribers globally, 99 per cent of which were for 3G and 4G, said the report.

The smartphone subscription in India would reach 1.1 billion by 2024, growing at 11 per cent, whereas the mobile broadband subscription in the region might grow at 13 per cent to 1.25 billion in 2024 from 610 million in 2018, the report added.

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The June 2019 edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report forecasts 1.9 billion 5G subscriptions — up from 1.5 billion forecast in the November 2018 edition — an increase of 27 per cent.

“Based on the latest Consumer Lab study by Ericsson, we have found that Indian smartphone users are willing to pay more than 66 per cent premium for 5G services,” Bansal said.

“In fact, more than half of smartphone users in India expect their own provider to switch to 5G or will wait a maximum of six months before moving to another provider that does,” Bansal remarked. (IANS)

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Samsung Refreshes its Galaxy A Series in India

It would be available in ghost white, phantom black and angel gold colours

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To get ahead in the fast-changing tech industry, Samsung said it will expand investment in burgeoning tech segments to propel growth. Wikimedia Commons

Samsung India on Thursday refreshed its Galaxy A series with Galaxy A80 with the world’s first rotating triple camera, priced at Rs 47,990.

The Galaxy A80 has a 3,700 mAh battery and features Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Octa-Core chipset and comes with Samsung Pay.

“Galaxy A80 has the world’s first rotating triple camera with 48 Megapixels. It allows brilliant quality images and videos to be captured on both front and rear cameras,” Aditya Babbar, Director, Mobile Business, Samsung India, said in a statement.

The Galaxy A80’s selfie mode in the camera app makes its three cameras pop-up and rotate. The camera is also capable of shooting ultra wide videos with super steady mode and has a 3D depth camera that offers “Live Focus” videos.

The device comes with the company’s new 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED “Infinity Display”.

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Arvin Baalu, vice president of product management at Harman International, talks about the Samsung Digital Cockpit during a Samsung news conference at the 2019 CES in Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2019. VOA

Coupled with 8GB RAM and 128GB onboard memory, it runs Samsung’s own One UI interface on top of Android Pie OS.

The battery comes with 25W super-fast charging technology and USB Type-C.

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Galaxy A80 would go on sale starting August 1 across retail stores, e-Shop, Samsung Opera House and all leading online channels.

It would be available in ghost white, phantom black and angel gold colours. (IANS)