India’s Mobile Internet Speed Among The Slowest In World

Despite technological innovations, government’s allocation of ample spectrum and customers’ keenness in having high-speed broadband, India’s mobile internet speed remains among the slowest in the world. So much so that the country is lagging behind Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire and Syria – countries with one of the poorest economies. India’s rank for mobile internet speed is at 109 out of 123 countries that were studied for the test.

Global internet testing and data leader Ookla has released updates to its Speedtest Global Index. As of February, the Index ranks India 67th for fixed broadband speed and 109th for mobile internet speed, globally.

In absolute terms, India’s performance in fixed broadband download speeds have gone up from average speeds of 18.82 Mbps in November 2017 to 20.72 Mbps in February 2018, marking significant improvement since last quarter.

India has also shown significant improvement in terms of its fixed broadband download speed rank, where it is now placed 67th vis-à-vis 76th last year. While India’s rank in terms of mobile internet speed remains same at 109th but average download speeds have risen to 9.01 Mbps in February from 8.80 Mbps in November last year.

As per Ookla’s announcement at the end of 2017, India had reported most improvement in fixed broadband download speeds among the world’s most populous countries. The country captured the second slot in terms of showing most improvement in mobile data speeds

The February Speedtest Global Index shows Norway at pole position in the world for mobile internet with an average download speed of 62.07 Mbps. Singapore takes the top spot for fixed broadband with a 161.53 Mbps average download.

The internet is the vehicle that most of us use to connect with the world every day. As internet speeds improve in India and consumers take advantage of the opportunities these speeds present, it only stands to reason that increased demand will lead to innovation across mediums that also open up new ways to create and connect with each other.

Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index compares internet speed data from around the world monthly. Data for the Index comes from the hundreds of millions of tests taken by real people using Speedtest every month. It has 7,021 servers globally, out of which 439 Speedtest servers are present in India.

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