India adds 26 mn mobile subscribers in Q1: Ericsson
India grew the most in terms of mobile subscribers across the world with 26 million net additions in the first quarter this year, a report by telecom equipment maker Ericsson said on Wednesday. Ericsson said the total number of mobile subscriptions in the quarter reached about 7.2 billion globally, including 108 million new subscriptions. “India grew the most in terms of net additions (+26 million), followed by China (+8 million), Myanmar (+5 million), Indonesia (+4 million) and Japan (+4 million),” Ericsson said in its mobility report. The Swedish firm said global mobile penetration reached 99 <g data-gr-id="18">per cent</g> in Q1 2015.
“Smartphones accounted for close to 75% of all mobile phones sold in Q1 2015, compared to around 65 <g data-gr-id="19">per cent</g> during Q1 2014,” it added. Ericsson said by 2020, smartphone subscriptions will more than double, reaching 6.1 billion, 70 <g data-gr-id="20">per cent</g> of the world’s population will be using smartphones, and 90% will be covered by mobile broadband networks. “With the continued rise of smartphones comes an accelerated growth in data usage: smartphone data is predicted to increase ten-fold by 2020, when 80% of all mobile data traffic will come from smartphones,” it said.