India is witnessing a dip in mobile internet speeds, as per the latest data by Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index. This has brought down the country’s ranking to 121 from 120 in the previous month.
In December 2018, India ranked at 108 and it fell to 119 in January 2019 and then it remained steady with 120 position for the month of February and March 2019. As per Ookla, India has a dip in mobile speeds with average download speed clocked at 10.71 Mbps. The upload for India was clocked at 4.20 Mbps. The report shows that Norway is currently leading the pack with an average download speed of 65.41 Mbps followed by Canada and South Korea with average download speeds of 64.42 Mbps and 63.81 Mbps respectively.
In terms of fixed broadband speeds, India has managed to maintain its position at 68 ranks. As per the report, the fixed broadband average download speeds for India was at 29.25 Mbps. Interestingly, the country did a better job with upload speeds at 24.84 Mbps. Singapore has the highest download speeds of 197.50 Mbps followed by Hong Kong and South Korea with 172.67 Mbps and 144.76 Mbps download speeds respectively.
“Networks are extremely complex entities whose performance is impacted by everything from the quality of physical infrastructure to the geographical regions they are placed. India has unique challenges due to both the country’s large geographic size and population. The number of people using a network at a given time is one of the biggest factors for network congestion and slow down. Overall, we believe they are doing an admirable job given the complexities of the market,” said, Doug Suttles, Co-founder and General Manager, Ookla.
Previously, Ookla reported that Reliance Jio has topped the list when it comes to providing 4G availability across India, while Airtel remains that fastest network for Q3 and Q4. The report highlights Reliance Jio was able to provide cellular availability in 99.3 per cent locations. Airtel was at the second spot with 99.1 per cent followed by Vodafone with 99 per cent and Idea Cellular with 98.9 per cent.