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India will have 810 million smartphone users by 2021: Ericsson

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India looks all set to retain its title as the world’s fastest-growing smartphone market. By 2021, India is expected to have 810 smartphone subscriptions, a four-old increase from its subscriber base in 2015, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report. The total number of mobile subscriptions in the country will reach 1.37 billion by 2021.

India had also seen the maximum increase in mobile subscribers in world in the first quarter of this year, according to the recent global Ericsson Mobility Report. It saw 21 million new subscribers in this period, as compared to 5 million in Indonesia and 3 million in the US.

Here are some other findings from the report.

Most popular apps

WhatsApp is the top mobile app in India, followed by Google search and YouTube. The file-sharing app Xender is the top app according to average monthly data usage, along with similar app SHAREit and YouTube.

Music and video are popular

Music streaming and videos are the most popular forms of entertainment on smartphones. Around 50% of smartphones users stream music on apps, and more than one in two Internet users watches online videos every week.

Mobile broadband will increase dramatically

By 2021, 99% of the mobile traffic in India will be from data. The total mobile traffic is expected to increase by 15 times from 2015 to 2021, reaching a figure of 4.5EB…

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Shein has websites for Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines and has plans to create a standalone website for Malaysia too.

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Digital Revolution and Repression in Myanmar and Thailand

Activists have also proactively published social media content in multiple languages using the hashtags #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar and #WhatsHappeningInThailand to boost coverage of events on the ground.

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Following the February 1 coup, Myanmar’s netizens became the latest to join the #MilkTeaAlliance, an online collective of pro-democracy youth across Asia.

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