Will 2017 Finally Witness The Collapse Of 2G Networks In India?

In the last 15 years, the telecommunications industry in India has rapidly grown to greater heights, putting the country as the second largest telecom market in the world. In fact, a report, which the GSM Association and the Boston Consulting Group prepared, stated that the fast growth and excellent performance of the nation’s mobile economy will significantly affect the Gross Domestic Product of India in the coming years.

The Collapse of 2G Networks?

The promising changes in the industry are due to cheaper smartphones like the ones featured in SmartTechie, and many of these devices are already enabled with a much faster wireless internet access such as 3G and 4G. As of the present time, a lot of Indian consumers are switching to smartphones and upgrading their mobile data to 4G at lesser costs. Considering the huge and ongoing telecom advancements, will 2G or GSM networks finally be phased out in India in 2017?

Well, the 2G networks won’t exactly collapse or cease to exist in India just yet. However, based on the Ericsson Mobility Report (the India edition), the subscriber base is expected to decrease after 2016 primarily because network operators are starting to offer more 3G or 4G plans to the consumers.

In effect, the prices of handsets and data plans with mobile devices will decrease. And by the end of 2021, it is projected that the coverage of 3G or HSPA in India will balloon to 90 percent, while the 4G LTE network is anticipated to reach 45 percent.

Reliance Jio and its Exciting News

Apparently, there is more you need to know. Reliance Jio, an LTE network operator in India, has launched a number of lower-priced plans or free services to its customers since 2016. But the more exciting news is that it has plans of launching its 4G Voice Over LTE or VoLTE-enabled handset. This feature phone is said to be only Rs 1,500, and it’s packed with a lot of useful apps for the consumers.

In the event when the company’s affordable smartphones are available on the market, it is going to boost the subscriber base of Reliance Jio. And without a doubt, it’s going to become one of the well-known brands in the industry. More importantly, the network operator will allow 2G subscribers to avail cheaper yet more advanced mobile phones for everyday use.

Currently, there are only a few Rs 1500-handsets that feature a 4G VoLTE that’s why this is going to be a big leap for the telecom industry in India. The projections of data users will also substantially change once the company pushes through with its sophisticated handset.

Moreover, Reliance Jio, under the leadership of Mukesh Ambani, has fundamentally transformed the face of the country’s telecom industry when it made its voice calls absolutely free for its subscribers across India. It’s free to any network all the time. Who wouldn’t want something like this? Free services definitely attract more customers.

Aside from Reliance Jio’s extraordinary offers to the Indian consumers, the 5G network is reported to make its debut in 2020, and that’s much faster than a 4G network. These are more reasons why 2G networks will gradually lose its popularity, or worse be phased out, in the country over time.

What happens then?

As of the moment, all those factors are yet to unfold. Although the services are already available, we are still waiting for the cheap yet advanced smartphones to come to life and three more years for the 5G network to take effect. A lot of consumers are still relying on their 2G subscription plans as we speak.

But if Reliance Jio is successful with its plans any time this year, then we can expect a lot of price cuts in voice calls and mobile data services. In fact, when Mukesh Ambani launched its 4G services, many telecom companies decrease the prices of their 3G rates to make sure they stay competitive in the industry.

When all these plans are successfully implemented, it won’t be a surprise for the collapse of the 2G network in India.

Author: Mary Alusin

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