A latest Cisco VNI study predicts that India, the world’s fastest growing smartphone market, will have 2.2 billion networked devices by 2022 from 1.6 billion in 2017. A networked device is a device that is connected to the internet in some form or the other.
Explaining the distribution of networked devices, the Cisco VNI says there will be 1.5 networked devices per capita by 2022, up from 1.2 per capita in 2017. Of this, 68% of all networked devices will be mobile.
Of all the connected devices, smartphones will have the largest share, 38% in 2022 as against 26% in 2017 and non-smartphones will have 23.6% share. This market is de-growing as it accounted for 50% of all connected devices in 2017.
In a five year study from 2017 to 2022, the Cisco VNI report forecasts that smartphone user base will be more than double to reach 829 million in 2022 from 401 million in 2017. In 2017, a mere 27% population in India were using a smartphone.
Similarly, tablets will account for just 2% of the market will 48.5 million connected devices in 2022 as against 20.2 million in 2017. TVs will account for 12% of all connected devices with 263 million units by 2022 rising 13.9% from 2017 with 137.4 million units.
The Cisco VNI report says PCs will account for 2% of all connected devices by 2022 with 42.5 million units compared to 43 million in 2017 showing a negative growth of 0.2%.
“By 2022, the smartphone data consumption will increase by 5X in India – which proves the dominance of smartphones as the ― communications hub for social media, video consumption, communications, and business applications, as well as traditional voice. As the usage and expectations increases, the opportunity in the market for service providers rises simultaneously. At the same time, it is also imperative for them to modernize network and embrace the latest technologies for efficient service delivery and build capacities to meet the bandwidth demand that market is demanding.” said Sanjay Kaul, President, Asia-Pacific, and Japan, Service Provider Business, Cisco.