American tech giant Apple has the biggest share of the total 14.8 million 4G-enabled devices active across all important frequencies in the country, says a study by Nokia Networks. Among the top 15 4G models, Apple devices — iPhone and iPad — occupy the top two slots.
iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 devices, which support 4G services in 1,800Mhz band, are top models with 10.46% and 8.9% shares respectively, as per the study. In India, Airtel is providing 4G service in 1,800Mhz band frequency while other companies are yet to roll out their services.
At present, telecom companies hold spectrum in 1,800Mhz band, 850Mhz band, 2,300Mhz band that can be used for 4G services in India. As per the study, Nokia Networks sees potential for providing using 2,100Mhz band for 4G services which is at present being used for 3G services.
“LTE (4G) device penetration is still low at 1.61%. 1,800Mhz enabled LTE devices leads with 1.45% (13.3 million) followed by 2,100Mhz enabled devices at 1.2%,” the report said. Airtel has highest number of circles with 3G spectrum.
The study shows that the number of 4G enabled devices in 2,100Mhz or 3G band connected to network is more compared to number of devices available for 4G service in 2,300Mhz band — the band opted by Reliance Jio Infocomm to foray into the telecom business.
iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 models have highest share of 18.12% and 15.42% respectively among connected devices that can support 4G services 850Mhz band, says the study. Though Apple leads the segment of active 4G devices, the study also found that six out of top 10 devices in 1,800Mhz are priced below Rs 8,000.
Lenovo A6000 follows iPhones among connected devices in 1,800Mhz band with 7.5% share. It is again followed by Apple’s iPhone 5 which has 5.78% share. Xiaomi’s RedmiNote 3 and Micromax Yu Yureka are at 5th and 6th spot among devices in 1,800Mhz band, as per the study.
Samsung Galaxy A5 follows iPhones at 4th spot among top 15 devices capable of supporting 4G services. Nokia Networks spokesperson clarified that the data is not about shipment or sale of devices but only about devices that are active on networks and the kind of service that they can support.