The 4G device shipments, including mobiles, tablets, data cards, have almost trebled in the last two years since the entry of new player Reliance Jio in the telecom segment. The total shipments for 4G devices grew to 215 million by the end of 2018, against 75 million in 2016, growing almost three times, according to data from Cyber Media Research.
The share of 4G devices in overall shipments grew to 64% in 2018 from just 31% in 2016, the data showed.
According to our estimates, 4G would account for 75% of the mobile handset (including 4G smartphones and feature phones) user base by 2022, Cyber Media Research Head – Industry Intelligence Group Prabhu Ram said.
By 2022, 2G feature phones will still contribute around 20% of the user base and fast forward to 2025, 2G will dip to single-digit percentages, and 5G will account for less than 10% of the user base, he said.