Internet speed in India improves as 5G rollout picks pace, country jumps 4 spots in global ranking

Internet speed in India improves as 5G rollout picks pace, country jumps 4 spots in global ranking

As the roll out of 5G network services picks pace in the country, India has moved by four position in global ranking for median mobile speeds. According to a report by Ookla, the country moved from 64th position in March to 60th position in April on the Speedtest Global Index. 

India is ahead of some G20 nations such as Russia and Argentina.

As per the report, India’s mobile data speed increased by 115 per cent in April, 2023. Ookla also recorded progress with a 36.35 Mbps median mobile download speed in April. To compare, the median mobile download speed was 33.30 Mbps speed in March. Also, the overall fixed median download speed in India saw an increase from 50.71 Mbps in March to 51.12 Mbps in April.

Ookla report shows that India has shown overall improvement in its global ranking for median fixed broadband speeds, moving from the 84th spot in March to the 83rd spot in April.

According to Ookla’s April Speedtest Global Index, Senegal registered the highest increase in rank and gained 16 spots globally, with Qatar ranked No.1 for overall global median mobile speeds. For overall global fixed median speeds, Bahrain registered the highest increase in rank, jumping by 14 spots globally, with Singapore sustaining its rank No.1 this month as well in overall global fixed median speeds.

In case you are unaware, Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index ranks mobile and fixed broadband speeds around the world on a monthly basis. According to a statement, the data for the Global Index comes from the hundreds of millions of tests taken by real people using Speedtest every month to test their Internet performance.

The report showed that VIL (Vi) has been losing subscribers during the past year. Disconnections have reportedly increased following the 5G launch in October 2022.

As per the report, speedtest users migrated away from VIL partially due to the operator’s inability to launch 5G.

“Most of Vi’s customers have moved away to Jio (1.88 per cent) and Airtel (1.32 per cent). Jio gained around 1.3 per cent of customers from Airtel and Vi India. In comparison, Airtel has lost 0.53 per cent to Jio but gained 0.63 per cent from Vi over the same period,” it said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Author: Shirley