Gartner Says India Mobile Services Market to Reach US$30 Billion in 2016
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Gartner Says India Mobile Services Market to Reach US$30 Billion in 2016

  • 2012-04-01 05:39:19
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News / Telecom Gartner Says India Mobile Services Market to Reach US$30 Billion in 2016
The India mobile subscriber base is forecast to reach 696 million connections in 2012, up 9 percent from 638 million in 2011 according to Gartner, Inc. Total mobile services revenue in India is projected to reach US$30 billion in constant US dollars in 2016. The average revenue per user (ARPU) began to stabilize in 2011 – a notable change from the double-digit decline of ARPU between 2008-2010.

Gartner Consumer Technology and Markets principal analyst Shalini Verma said the staggering growth of mobile connections has been driven by the expansion of mobile services in semi-urban and rural markets and the availability of cheap mobile devices."However, the other performance indicators of the Indian mobile market seem modest in comparison to those of markets such as China," said Verma.

Mobile data revenue has tremendous growth opportunities in India because of low Internet penetration. While fixed broadband is becoming a norm in several countries, India is lagging behind even emerging markets in fixed broadband penetration. India’s fixed broadband household penetration was 6 percent in 2011, which is lower than the overall penetration in emerging markets (estimated at 16 percent in 2011).
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