5G adoption to boost video content streaming, gaming and social messaging the most, Ookla says

Ookla, a provider of network intelligence and connectivity insights, said about 89% of urban and rural smartphone users surveyed said they would upgrade their connections to 5G.

Of these, 48% of respondents said they plan to upgrade to 5G as soon as services are available in their region, even if it would require a different service provider. About 20% of respondents said they would wait for their service providers to upgrade to the 5G network and 14% of respondents plan to use the services after upgrading to a 5G-enabled handset.

Those who aren’t sure about the new technology are probably waiting to see how attractive it would be if others started using it. Only 2% said they do not plan to upgrade to 5G, Ookla reports.

Ookla’s research also found that if mobile internet connections were better, 70% of respondents would increase their video streaming use, while 68% said they would boost their mobile gaming. Operators have acquired a total of 44,960 MHz of spectrum in the 26 GHz spectrum band (mmWave), which is particularly useful for streaming and gaming due to its high throughput, the study said.

Sylwia Kechiche, Principal Analyst, Enterprise at Ookla, said: “While mobile users in India have been among the most data-intensive users in the world, India’s 4G/LTE networks have become a bottleneck for demand. The promise of 5G is that it will will unlock a world of possibilities beyond just a faster network connection.”

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