The Ericsson Mobility Report believes that IoT devices will surpass smartphones in data traffic by 2018. Representational Image: Men speak on their mobile phones on a seafront in Mumbai August 28, 2014.Reuters

Telecom company Ericsson is out with the June 2016 Mobility Report and the edition features a lot of India-specific data. The report said mobile data traffic from India can be expected to increase 15-fold by the year 2021, adding that India is currently home to over a billion active connections.

The report also said the number of new users from India had been the most in Q1 2016, adding over 21 million new customers. India's closest competitor, Mayanmar, in contrast added only over 5 million users.

The global mobile phone market is estimated to have grown to 7.4 billion subscriptions, rising 3 percent year-on-year (YoY). The report also said 4G LTE subscriptions are growing strongly with 150 million new customers signing up in Q1 2016. The total number of subscriptions now stands at 1.2 billion. The uptake for 5G connections is expected to be even faster, the report said.

The study conducted by Ericsson found that mobile phone penetration in India stands at 80 percent.

The report also estimates that by the end of 2021, around 90 percent of mobile data traffic will originate from smartphones, growing 15 times starting 2015. Of the traffic, 70 percent will be video content.

While smartphones may be the biggest contrinutors to mobile data at the moment, the report said connected devices for the internet of things (IoT) could surpass smartphones by 2018. The study said 16 billion connected devices will go online by 2021.

The entire report can be read here.

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