Huge growth in 4G devices in India: CMR study

Gurgaon, March 25, 2016: According to  CyberMedia India's  (CMR) India annual LTE (4G) Devices Market Review, 2015 , the total LTE (4G)  device shipments in the country reached 33 million in Calendar Year 2015, a huge 1676% increase compared to last year.  The 4G devices comprise of Smartphones, Tablets and Data Cards, representing 98%, 0.9% and 1.0%, contributions respectively.
Says Faisal Kawoosa, Lead Analyst, CMR Telecoms Practice said, “We have now over 35 million users equipped with 4G capable devices.  4G has come at a very opportune time to give impetus to the growth of devices market resulting in such high number growths. Contrary to 3G evolution, the ecosystem provisioning has been much rapid and smooth in case of 4G.  To make the technology successful is now the onus of the operators by alighting the networks where they have already been set up.” 
Global and Chinese brands are strongly positioned in 4G technology segment.  India brands contribute mere 14% with Micromax being the only Indian brand in top 5.Samsung leads overall as well as in the Smartphones and Tablet PCs with 35% and 63% market shares respectively.  Lenovo and Xiaomi stood 2nd and 3rd with 21% and 10% market shares respectively.
Adds Krishna Mukherjee, Analyst, CMR Telecoms Practice: “With all major operators embracing it, especially with Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel’s full-blown 4G launch, the Indian market is heading towards what can be called as the 4G era. The ecosystem is only expected to further catalyze the growth.Video and video based services will take the centre stage, however, the use cases in the Indian context need to be worked upon further."