The number of 3G subscribers in India is projected to reach 284 million by end of 2017, nearly three-and-half times more than the 3G user base at the end of 2014, according to a report based on the study by the Internet & Mobile Association of India and KPMG.
With subscription of 3G services rapidly gaining momentum in India, the user base is projected to expand at a compounded annual rate of more than 61% during 2013-17. And the number of 2G users is expected to shrink, the report said.
There were about 82 million 3G subscribers at the end of 2014.
Driven by growing demand for faster data downloads and for mobile devices to access Internet, 3G and 4G is expected to be primarily an urban phenomenon in the next few years.
India’s mobile Internet user base is set to touch 236 million by the end of 2016 and 314 million the following year. The country will have more than 500 million Internet users by 2017, the study said.