Ookla conducted a survey between March and May this year to analyze the Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity at the busiest airports in Asia. The survey was conducted in countries like the UAE, South Korea, Japan, India, Thailand and more. In India, the speed test was conducted in New Delhi s Indira Gandhi International Airport. The survey also highlights the difference between speeds offered by Wi-Fi and cellular network, and which one can be opted. Also Read - Ola to offer free oxygen concentrators to the needyAlso Read - Reliance Jio tops broadband speeds; Vi tops mobile speeds in India: Ookla
In terms of Wi-Fi connectivity at airports, Dubai International airport bagged the top position with 39.50 Mbps download speed and 46.27 Mbps upload speed. Dubai s Wi-Fi speed was commended since its recorded the fastest amongst airports in Asia, Europe and Africa as well. Seoul Incheon International Airport in South Korea came second with download speeds of 26.52 Mbps, followed by Tokyo Haneda Airport in Japan with download speeds of 18.28 Mbps. Delhi s Indira Gandhi International Airport took the fourth place with 15.95 Mbps of download speed and 14.98 Mbps of upload speed. The free Wi-Fi service at IGI Airport is provided by Tata Docomo. Telecom operator Vodafone also launched its free Wi-Fi service at the IGI Airport last October.
Ookla conducted its speed test for cellular connectivity too, since countries like China and India require an in-country mobile number to connect to the Wi-Fi. The IGI Airport came last in this category with maximum download speed reaching only 5.85 Mbps and a mere 2.00 Mbps of upload speed. This is quite low when compared to 45.81 Mbps download speeds at the Singapore Changi Airport which stood first. ALSO READ: India shows growth in LTE availability but average internet speeds behind Pakistan, Sri Lanka
The mobile data speed in India doesn t come as a surprise however, as the average download speed in the country is 7.62 Mbps. Choosing between Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity, Ookla suggests that travelers in Dubai and Seoul can opt for either of them. Wi-Fi is strongly suggested for people at the IGI Airport, while mobile data is recommended for the remaining airports. ALSO READ: How in-flight Wi-Fi works and everything else you need to know
Ookla s speed test results show the continuing problem of mobile data connectivity in India despite having an abundance of telecom operators. At the same time, free Wi-Fi connectivity is booming in the country spanning across railway stations and major public joints. Google s Railtel project has installed Wi-Fi hotspots in 100 railway stations in India. The Indian Railways has also outlined an ambitious project of providing Wi-Fi services in all the railway stations, which go up to around 7,000. ALSO READ: Express Wi-Fi in India: We need Facebook, Google and many more to drive a data revolution