Mobile internet speed in India among worst in world

India has been ranked at 121 in internet speed

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Mobile internet speeds in India are among the worst in the world, latest speed test reports have shown. The latest monthly tracking of internet speeds across various countries around the world has ranked India at 121, out of a total of 138 countries.

Worse, India's mobile data speeds are lower than most of its neighbours, including China and Pakistan. The country's ranking in this global list has been consistently dropping since the beginning of this year. From 108 at the beginning of 2019, it has fallen to 121 now. China is at the 51st position and Sri Lanka at No 63 while Pakistan comes in at 110.

The average download speed on mobiles in India last month was 10.71 Mbps, while the global average was 26.96 Mbps. The country with the best mobile internet speed is Norway, with  65.41 Mbps

That internet download speed makes mobile phones in Norway faster than the best fixed-line broadband speed in India, which has been clocked at 29.25 Mbps. The global fixedline average, at 58.66, is of course much higher.

When it comes to mobile internet speeds, countries like Canada, South Korea and Switzerland as well as Arab countries like Qatar and the UAE are at the top of the list. China is at the 51st position, with speeds of 30.47 Mbps – still about three times faster than that of India.

The results show how all claims of 4G, network penetration by India's cellular operators, and in particular the advent of Jio over the past three years, have not really translated into faster mobile net speeds. The next technological leap in mobile telephony promising quicker downloads, the upgradation to 5G, has been delayed and is expected only in two years time, even by the best estimates.

Speedtest is a monthly analysis of internet access performance metrics such as connection data rate and latency. It was founded in 2006 by the Seattle-based company Ookla, the global leader in data connection rate and latency.