Inter-regional 4G LTE roaming traffic from India has grown by a staggering 3,300% year-over-year according to Syniverse.
India’s explosive growth in 4G roaming is supported by Syniverse’s platform, including clearing and settlement, and the IPX network that is the global, secure backbone powering the world’s ability to experience LTE by interconnecting 1,000 service providers and 7 billion devices worldwide.
“Syniverse is proud to have played a pivotal role in driving this quadruple-digit growth in outbound 4G roaming, which demonstrates significant progress toward achieving technological advancement goals in the region while delivering the customer experiences that India’s mobile users demand,” said Himanshu Goel, Vice President and Managing Director, India, Middle East and Africa, Syniverse.
“Helping to drive this growth, the number of 4G LTE devices shipped into India grew 80% in 2017, according to CyberMedia Research. As a result, India is poised for explosive communications growth, as demonstrated by these impressive numbers and reinforced through the Digital India initiative as well as the government’s recently launched draft of the National Digital Communications Policy 2018,” added Goel.
This global footprint is critical not only to enabling further 4G proliferation, but also to providing the connectivity foundation necessary for enabling 5G.
“The Syniverse platform that supports LTE growth in India is a critical foundation for ushering in the country’s digital transformation in preparation for next-generation technologies like 5G, Voice over LTE, rich mobile messaging, smart cities, and the internet of things,” added Goel.
In addition to demonstrating that 4G is growing quickly in India, the Syniverse study also illustrated that more than 70% of the country’s outbound roaming traffic is still traversing legacy network technologies like 3G or even 2G, underscoring that there is still more work to be done.