New Delhi: India, which is on a fastdrive of digitisation, has a bad news. The country is ranked only 109th among the 124 nations as per a data speed test. India’s 4G download speeds are even slower than that of neighbours Sri Lanka (13.95 Mbps), Pakistan (13.56 Mbps) and Myanmar (15.56 Mbps), according to UK speed tester OpenSignal. India is ranked much lower than developed markets such as the US (16.31 Mbps), UK (23.11Mbps) and Japan (25.39 Mbps).
In an another test by US data speed tester Ookla, India is ranked India 109th in its of 124 nations. The Ookla test has clocked the overall mobile internet speeds in India with an average download speed of 9.12 Mbps, which is way below the global average of 23.54 Mbps. Ookla’s mobile internet speed test results for any country include measurements of various networks of 2G, 3G and 4G, says a PTI report.
“Comparatively slower speeds in India are due to the astronomical growth in terms of smartphone penetration in India, with millions of new users connecting to its mobile networks every month,” OpenSignal analyst Peter Boyland told Indian newspaper Economic Times quoting reasons for the poor performance of India in the data speed audit. The mobile operators in India are blaming it on the huge density of users within the limited spectrum as one of the reasons for low speed.
“The spectrum per operator in India is low compared to other countries, which affects 4G network speeds,” said Rajan Mathews, director general of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) to media on the possible reasons for slow speed.