How much mobile data do Indians use in a month?

Updated - August 26, 2019 06:07 pm IST

Published - August 26, 2019 03:53 pm IST

Indian wireless data consumers use over 7 GB of data a month.

Indian wireless data consumers use over 7 GB of data a month.

The number of wireless data subscribers doubled between between 2014 and 2018, largely due to the cheaper prices of data.

On average, wireless subscribers in 2018 used 7.6 GB of data per month, which was 29 times higher than the usage in 2014, according to data in a recently released Telecom Regulatory Authority of India report .

The number of 3G users peaked in 2016. In 2018, 4G was the most widely used, while 2G and 3G users accounted for 12% each of the total wireless subscriber base.


The average cost of data fell dramatically in 2016, with Reliance Jio being a huge disruptor. Correspondingly, there was a steep climb in the total number of data users.


The average cost of 1 GB of wireless data has fallen from ₹269 in 2014 to ₹11.8 in 2018.

Across service areas (which are not the same as States), Indian wireless subscribers used at least 6 GB of data a month. The average usage ranged from 7.4 GB-7.6 GB a month.


Maharasthra (excluding Mumbai) had the highest number of wireless subscribers, followed by Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu (including Chennai).

Consumers in Uttar Pradesh (West), Bihar & Punjab used the most data per month on average.

Average data consumption in Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh (East) was lower despite higher than average number of wireless subscribers.

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