Galt & Taggart: Internet traffic grows in Georgia
BAKU, Azerbaijan, December 4
By Tamilla Mammadova – Trend:
Internet traffic grew ng from 1.5 million GB in 2013 to 63.7 million GB in 2018, Trend reports referring to Georgian investment company Galt & Taggart.
As reported, Internet access and use are growing rapidly in Georgia, on the back of improved device capabilities and more affordable data plans, as well as an increase in data-intensive content, particularly video and social networks.
In addition, strong growth in the number of smartphones is fuelling an explosion in data traffic growth in Georgia. However, despite the significant growth in data usage, Georgians use extremely low levels of mobile internet per month.
According to the Galt & Taggart, on average, Georgians used 2.4 GB/month in 2018, while in October 2019, the data usage increased to 3.3 GB/month; by this ratio Georgia falls behind EU/CIS (6 GB/month) and other markets, leaving room for substantial growth going forward.
Mobile traffic per capita is forecasted to skyrocket in Georgia.
"In line with global trends, we forecast per capita data traffic to increase by 2.9 times over 2019-2022 in Georgia, from 1.4 GB/month in 2017 to 4.1 GB/month in 2022," the company said.
Mobile data prices in Georgia are low compared to many other regional and European countries.
Veon is the cheapest mobile data provider in Georgia. The cost of 3 GB internet from Magticom and Silknet is 9 lari ($3.05), while it costs only 6 lari ($2.03) to purchase 4 GB from Veon.
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