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India to Have 651 Million Smartphones, 18.7 Million Tablets by 2019: Cisco

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India, the second largest smartphone
market globally , is expected to witness a
many fold growth in the number of
smartphones to over 650 million in the
next four years, a study by networking
solutions giant Cisco said on Tuesday.

The country, also considered one of the
world's fastest growing Internet markets
is expected to see the number of tablets
hit more than 18 million by 2019,
according to the US-based firm's Visual
Networking Index (VNI) global mobile
data traffic forecast for 2014 to 2019.

According to the report: "In India, the
number of smartphones grew 54 percent
during 2014, reaching 140 million in
number and the number of smartphones
will grow 4.7-fold between 2014 and
2019, reaching 651 million in number."

The number of tablets grew 1.7-fold
during 2014, reaching 2.03 million in
number and is expected to grow 9.2-fol
between 2014 and 2019, reaching 18.7
million, it added.

(Also see : Indian Tablet Users May Reac 40 Million in 2015: eMarketer )

Speaking about the VNI report, Cisco
Managing Director Service Provider Sales
(India & SAARC) Sanjay Kaul told PTI:
"Apart from smart connections driven by
the IoE (Internet of Everything), the tren
of low-cost smartphones will also bring
critical mass to the sector and further
drive user growth and data traffic in
India."

Cisco's latest VNI Report gives us an
insight into the exponential growth of
mobile data in India as a result of
increasing adoption of smart mobile
devices and machine-to-machine (M2M
connections as the IoE takes shape in
the country, he added.

"We will see a tremendous increase in
mobile video in India, which along with
increasing speeds and faster wireless
networks will fuel the creation of the dat
business over the next few years," Kaul
said.

Globally, the report forecasts that by
2019 there will be 5.2 billion mobile user
(up from 4.3 billion in 2014).

In 2014, nearly 59 percent of the world's
population (7.2 billion people) was
comprised of mobile users. By 2019, mor
than 69 percent of the world's populatio
(7.6 billion people) will be mobile users, i
said.

"In India, there were 590.3 million (47
percent of India's population) mobile
users in 2014, up 18 percent from 500
million (40 percent of India's population
in 2013," the VNI report said.

There will be 895.6 million (67 percent o
India's population) mobile users by
2019, up from 590.3 million in 2014, a
CAGR of 8.7 percent, Cisco forecast.

By 2019, there will be around 11.5 billio
mobile-ready devices/connections,
including 8.3 billion personal mobile
devices and 3.2 billion M2M (machine 2
machine) connections (up from 7.4 billio
total mobile-ready devices and M2M
connections in 2014), it said.

"The ongoing adoption of more powerful
mobile devices and wider deployments o
emerging M2M applications, combined
with broader access to faster wireless
networks, will be key contributors to
significant mobile traffic growth in the
coming years," Cisco VP Products and
Solutions Marketing Doug Webster said.
This mobile-centric environment will give
service providers a new landscape of
challenges and opportunities to
innovatively deliver a variety of mobile
services and experiences to consumers
and business users as the IoE continues
to take shape, he added.

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