With all the Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) giving free 4G SIM cards and found affordable 4G-enabled smartphones to connect the next billion, India is set to lead the 4G revolution, the International Data Corporation (IDC) said on Wednesday.
Worldwide 4G smartphones are likely to show double digit uptake at 21.3 per cent Year-on-Year growth for 2016 to reach 1.17 billion units -- up from 967 million in 2015.
"We are fast seeing this change in key growth markets like India where new operator Reliance Jio is vigorously attempting to shake up the marketplace by handing out free 4G SIM cards and starting own-branded low-cost 4G-enabled smartphones," said Melissa Chau, Associate Research Director, IDC's "Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers", in a statement.
The business launched its services on September 5. Jio has introduced Aadhaar-based paper-less Jio SIM activation across and towns 3,100.
With Jio connection users can have unlimited access to High Definition voice calls (on Jio eligible VOLTE phones), messaging, video calls, high-speed data as well as accessibility to Jio's suite of programs till December 31.