India Wireline and Wireless Statistics and Forecasts 2010-2020

India Wireline and Wireless Statistics and Forecasts 2010-2020

Quantum Web predicts that wireline broadband uptake in India will grow 29% in the next five years to 2020.

While in itself an encouraging growth rate, the context is that broadband as a percentage of combined broadband and wireless is small at 2%.  Geography, topography and historical limited roll out of fixed telecoms services in India mean that broadband services in India operate within a relatively narrow field of opportunity.  As in other developing nations, the telecoms sector has somewhat gone straight to wireless.

As in practically all markets, access speed, service quality and enhanced data and video services will continue to be key drivers of continuing uptake in India over the next five years.  Wireless 3G will satisfy most of the demand, with the share of wireless subscriptions that are 3G accelerating from 13% end-2014 to 56% end-2020.  However, there will be a relatively small, yet still significant in terms of absolute volumes, segment who will demand and will be prepared to pay for the highest speeds possible.

FTTx will serve the role of meeting demand for the highest access speeds in India.  Quantum Web predicts FTTx will gain a modest foothold within India, rising to represent 7% of all broadband subscribers by 2020 (Graph 1).  This growth will be driven by affluent urban consumers and businesses, who will demand and will be prepared to pay for the highest possible access speeds.

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