According to the Ministry of Digital Development of the Russian Federation, the volume of mobile Internet traffic in the first nine months of this year amounted to 16.2 billion GB. Last year, for the same period, the figure was 10.9 billion GB, the department reported earlier. The total amount of used (downloaded and generated) traffic in the first three quarters of this year was 59.9 billion. Therefore, the share of mobile Internet accounts for 27%.
According to analysts, in the future, users will continue to switch to the mobile Internet, abandoning fixed access networks. In addition, an increase in the load on 4G will lead to a decrease in the average speed of mobile Internet, believes Ilya Shatilin, an analyst at TelecomDaily. The expert notes that LTE networks can be developed further, increasing their capacity indoors, where 80% of traffic is generated. But this requires large investments, while the introduction of 5G would significantly increase the capabilities of operators for much less money.
In 2020, the consumption of mobile Internet by Tele2 subscribers increased by more than 50% year-on-year, and call time - by 12% compared to 2019. From January to November 2020, traffic in Megafon's networks grew by almost 30% compared to the same period last year. In 2020, the use of traffic by Beeline subscribers has grown by more than 60%.