India may be the world’s second-biggest internet market, but speed has been a persistent roadblock in our connectivity story. While 4G became nearly the norm this year, download speeds on mobile continue to be so low that India ranked 109th in Ookla’s global speed test for the month of November 2017. The average mobile download speed for the month was 8.80 Mbps, and that is still a 15 percent increase from 7.65 Mbps at the start of the year. On the contrary, Norway which has the fastest internet in the world, clocked an average download speed of 62.66 Mbps. Also Read - India's CCI must introduce anti-competitive practices for global tech giants, allow Indian businesses to flourishAlso Read - Fixed broadband, mobile internet speeds in India improved in June too, reveals Ookla
As for broadband speeds, India fared slightly better bagging the 76th spot globally. Average fixed broadband download speed in January was 12.12 Mbps. As of November, it stood at 18.82 Mbps, Ookla stated in the findings. That is a handsome 50 percent rise in the course of the year. The market with the fastest fixed broadband internet was Singapore, which recorded an average download speed of 153.85 Mbps. Also Read - FIR filed against Twitter India again, now over child pornography content
“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. India still has a long way to go to catch up with countries that have top speeds around the world, however, we at Ookla are highly optimistic about the capacity for growth that is available in the Indian market,” Doug Suttles, Co-founder & General Manager at Ookla, stated.
Unfortunately for India, it ranks below its Asian counterparts South Korea (8), Hong Kong (18), China (31), Japan (55) and even Pakistan (89), Nepal (99) and Sri Lanka (107) when it comes to mobile internet speed. Ookla reckons that insufficient infrastructure to support the massive demand for 4G connectivity has rendered networks slow and congested. There’s not enough spectrum to support the explosion in mobile internet demand that defined 2017.
“As technology advances, it is imperative that networks are built to adequately support emerging technologies. For instance, a network built to accommodate 3G speeds will struggle to fulfill the modern demands of mobile consumers. Equally important is planning infrastructure that can provide service to the number of people accessing a given network,” Ookla stated in the report.