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India ranks 109th in mobile internet speed and 76th in fixed broadband

NEW DELHI: India has ranked 109th in mobile internet speeds and 76th in fixed broadband speeds in Ookla’s November Speedtest Global Index, where the country’s average mobile speed was 8.8 Mbps and broadband speed was 18.82 Mbps.

“Both mobile and fixed broadband internet in India are getting faster. That’s good news for all Indian consumers no matter which operator or plan they use to access the internet,” said Doug Suttles, general manager at Ookla. However, Suttles said, “India still has a long way to go to catch up with countries that have top speeds around the world.” Norway ranked first in the world for mobile internet, with an average download speed of 62.66 Mbps, as of November.

Singapore led in the fixed broadband category, with a 153.85 Mbps average download speed. India recorded average mobile download speed of 7.65 Mbps in the beginning of 2017, which grew to 8.80 Mbps as of November, a 15% increase. Fixed broadband speeds, on the other hand, saw a jump of about 50% to 18.82 Mbps by November, from 12.12 Mbps in January, as per the report released on Monday.

The speed testing agency said that it was highly optimistic about the capacity for growth in the Indian market, and was looking forward to watching the market grow in 2018. Leading telcos Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio Infocomm have made high speed data affordable to millions over 2017, more so after the new entrant introduced free voice and data services, at high speeds, to attract customers. Ookla said that a network built to accommodate 3G speeds will struggle to fulfil the modern demands of mobile consumers.

Therefore, it said, it is important to plan infrastructure that can provide service to the number of people accessing a given network.

Recognising the rising demand for data, Bharti Airtel has already planned investments up to ?25,000 crore within this financial year to expand and strengthen its 4G network[2].

The agency also said that new technologies may boost network performance.

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References

  1. ^ India (economictimes.indiatimes.com)
  2. ^ 4G network (economictimes.indiatimes.com)

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