India s second round of mobile telecommunication revolution is driven by the internet, 4G in particular. While telecom operators like Airtel and Vodafone had been offering 4G services for a while, Reliance Jio s entry has been the game changer. Users now have access to a higher volume of 4G data at affordable prices. And now, India is rapidly becoming a 4G nation, catalyzed by Reliance Jio. According to an OpenSignal report, India now ranks 15th worldwide in terms of LTE penetration. The growth, however, has come at a price. Also Read - Reliance Jio vs Vi vs Airtel: Best 4GB daily data prepaid plans under Rs 600Also Read - Sardar Udham Released on Amazon Prime Video: How to watch Vicky Kaushal starrer for free
The report further says that average speeds have gone down as the network operators are taxed with heavy traction, and are unable to deliver top speeds expected. India shot up our LTE availability rankings, reflecting a rare instance in which a single operator can have an outsized impact on a mobile market in just a short time. Jio s nationwide 4G launch in September attracted 100 million LTE subscribers, making 4G services far more accessible in India but at the expense of lower average speeds, OpenSignal said in its report. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio 4G VoLTE feature phone specifications leaked; expected to launch soon Also Read - CSK vs KKR IPL 2021 final match livestream today at 7:30PM: How to watch live for free online
ET citing OpenSignal survey states that average 4G speed in India was 5.1Mbps, which is 1Mbps lesser than what was reported six months ago. Interestingly, India s average 4G speed is slightly higher than the average 3G global speed, which is around 4.4Mbps. South Korea was ranked to the top in terms of 4G availability, and second highest when it came to LTE speeds. Countries like Singapore, Norway and Netherlands were named among best-performing nations.
Interestingly, AKAMAI had recently reported that India ranked 89 globally with an Average Connection Speed (IPv4) of 6.5Mbps, marking a 87 percent year-over-year change. Moreover, India witnessed a 4Mbps broadband adoption of 42 percent in Q1 2017 with a year-over-year change of 81 percent. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio tops chart in 4G download speed in April: TRAI
The global average connection speed increased 2.3 percent quarter-over-quarter to 7.2Mbps, a 15 percent increase compared with one year prior. At a country/region level, South Korea continued to have the highest average connection speed in the world at 28.6Mbps a 9.3 percent increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, while Singapore maintained its position as the country with the highest average peak connection speed at 184.5Mbps, said the AKAMAI report.
The OpenSignal further reports that the US has jumped to number four position from the number 10. In the US, LTE is now available to an estimated 86.5 percent of the population, which the group called an impressive feat considering the huge physical size of the US compared to the smaller geographies of its 4G peers.
It further said that 15 countries now offer average LTE speeds of 30Mbps, up from 11Mbps in the previous report. South Korea and Japan continue to lead the world in LTE availability and speed, covering more than 90 percent of their respective populations. However, as mentioned, Singapore offers among the very highest speeds while Japan was at around 25Mbps, it noted.