1. 4G speed in India 3 times lower than world average, ranks even below Pakistan, Sri Lanka: report

4G speed in India 3 times lower than world average, ranks even below Pakistan, Sri Lanka: report

While India is finally ranked among the top in terms of availability of 4G LTE connectivity on mobile networks, it is positioned really low when it comes to speed.

By: | Published: June 8, 2017 3:40 PM
A study by OpenSignal ‘The State of LTE’ gives us a glimpse into how LTE availability and speeds have grown across the world. Meanwhile, some interesting stats have come up as far as India is concerned. (Source: OpenSignal)

While India is finally ranked among the top in terms of availability of 4G LTE connectivity on mobile networks, it is positioned really low when it comes to speed. According to a new report by OpenSignal, India’s surge in 4G availability ranking can be attributed to Reliance Jio launch in 2016. A study by OpenSignal ‘The State of LTE’ gives us a glimpse into how LTE availability and speeds have grown across the world. Meanwhile, some interesting stats have come up as far as India is concerned. The country has risen to the 15th spot in 4G availability in the world, but the average download speed of 5.1 Mbps is less than one-third of the global average and just a little higher than the average global 3G speed of 4.4 Mbps.

The OpenSignal report, with reference to Reliance Jio, notes that in India’s case it is a “rare instance in which a single operator can have an outsized impact on a mobile market in just a short time.” Meanwhile, download speeds in the country have declined over one megabit per second in the last six months as traffic has surged. India, which is positioned at the 74th position among 75 countries, ranks below countries such as Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The report said, “While signals may be plentiful in India, capacity isn’t. India has some of the slowest LTE speeds in the world.”

When it comes to 4G speeds, Singapore scored the highest. Meanwhile, South Korea was ranked first in 4G availability. The global average 4G download speed was 16.2 Mbps. OpenSignal, for the report, collated data from regular user smartphones under conditions of normal usage, covering 75 countries. OpenSignal’s report says 4G speeds in a country depend on a lot of factors including spectrum assigned for 4G LTE, adoption of new technologies like LTE-Advanced, congestion on networks. The report says countries with fastest LTE speeds are those that have “built LTE-Advanced networks and have a large proportion of LTE-Advanced capable devices.”

OpenSignal also says they saw a drop in global LTE speed average and points out that as more users come on board in developing countries, the average speed will drop. On Costa Rica and India, OpenSignal notes, “as these countries ramp up their 4G services they’re bringing hundreds of millions of new LTE subscriptions online. That’s one of the reasons we saw a drop off in average global LTE speed.” According to OpenSignal, India still doesn’t have the capacity when it comes to speeds on LTE, and these are some of the slowest in the world.

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    Rakhim
    Jun 12, 2017 at 1:07 pm
    what equipment? and why such nisky speed. Average speed of loading of 9.1 Mbps at least has to be in service 3G.
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      Xubair Khan
      Jun 9, 2017 at 9:33 am
      While in Indian occupied kashmir, despite having 100 4G/LTE and 3G signals provided by jio and airtel speed is deliberately throttled upto 20- 30 kbps. This is Digital India.
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        Narendra M Apte
        Jun 8, 2017 at 5:51 pm
        Most customers of telecom services cannot perhaps afford to pay high tariff for high 4G speed and are not therefore not complaining.But in any case we have to have infrastructure for high speed 4G service sooner or later. Question is this; Which telecom company in India is capable of spending money to set-up such infrastructure? All the top companies are still recovering as their revenues took a knock after Reliance Jio launched its service.
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          Jlal
          Jun 8, 2017 at 5:39 pm
          Why is it Jio, Airtel are silent about their speed being slower than even Pak and SriLanka? They should really advertise this so that we can know the truth of thier false claims about speeds. They take the users for a ride with their 4G claims by hiding actual facts and comparing their slow speeds with each other. Media is never bright enough to expose any false claims as their ad revenues are at stake. Made in India.
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