The arrival (and subsequent success) of Reliance Jio and its ridiculously-affordable data offerings have forced rival telecom operators to lower their tariffs, making high-speed data plans accessible for everyone. But more importantly, it has also led to video streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video getting increasingly popular by the day. As great as it may sound, it seems that the fastest-growing smartphone market in the world has still a long way to go when it comes to streaming services. Also Read - LG Wing set to launch in India on October 28: All you need to knowAlso Read - Netflix is free for 48 hours starting December 4: Here’s how you can avail it
The latest report by OpenSignal has concluded that India falls into the Poor category (below the basic Fair level) when it comes to video consumption experience on mobile devices like smartphones. Some other countries that are in the same category as India are Iran and the Philippines. Also Read - Google Assistant for smart display gets dark mode and new features
It s worth mentioning that Poor means a score of 0-40, while 40-55 is considered average . Next up is Good (55-65), Very Good (65-75), and Excellent (75-100).
“Our tests sample video at multiple resolutions accessed from multiple content providers, and they weigh three main criteria: the load time before the video begins playing, the stalling rate characterized by stops and stutters in the video playback, and the level of picture resolution,” reads a statement by OpenSignal regarding the report.
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Of the 69 countries analyzed by the company, 11 earned a Very Good rating, which signifies streaming videos loading up quickly and not buffering even after switching to higher resolutions. While no country could get into the Excellent category, with a speed of 45.58Mbps, South Korea was adjudged as the fastest in the report.