Market shares of wireless providers in India - additional information
The mobile telecom industry in India is certainly a growing market. In 2014, 581.1 million people in India owned a mobile phone, a number which is set to rise to over 775 million by 2018. Of these mobile phone users, an increasing number are opting for smartphones. In 2014 only 21 percent of all mobile phone users in India owned a smartphone, but this figure is forecast to increase to 36 percent by 2018 . This means that in 2018, almost 28 percent of India’s entire population will own a smartphone, in contrast to the 18 percent in 2015.
Moreover, India’s share of the global smartphone market is forecast to grow to over 10 percent in 2017, making it the third largest market for smartphones behind only China and the USA. In 2016, there were over 109 million unit shipments of smartphones in India, an increase from 44 million shipments in 2013.