India has significantly improved the world’s mobile download speeds, earning a spot on the Oookla Speed Test Global Index List’s top 10. The nation now occupies the 47th rank after moving up 72 spots, surpassing numerous G20 countries.
This ranking was supplied by Oookla, a Seattle-based company known for its application for testing mobile and broadband networks. The Speed Test Index is crucial for internet service providers, carriers, companies, academic institutions, and governmental organizations.
The introduction of 5G services in India is largely responsible for the nation’s outstanding ascent in the rankings. The country’s performance has increased by an astounding 3.59 times since the launch of 5G.
In August 2023, India’s median download speed increased from 13.87 Mbps in September 2022 to 50.25 Mbps, which helped move India up in the Speed Test Global Index.
India has done better than certain G20 countries, such as Mexico, Turkey, the UK, Japan, Brazil, and South Africa, in addition to others like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. The introduction of 5G and the subsequent investments in backhaul infrastructure made by telecom providers have significantly improved the overall user experience.
Along with faster speeds, 5G has improved consumer satisfaction. According to India’s Net Promoter Score, 5G users are happier with their network operators than 4G users are.
Additionally, India has the most mobile users worldwide who utilize a lot of data. Due to network congestion and spectrum restrictions, the nation’s 4G networks had historically had difficulty delivering on expectations. The Indian government introduced different 5G technologies in response to this in partnership with service providers like Airtel and Reliance Jio.
The number of 5G subscribers has significantly increased since the technology’s introduction, and operators have ambitious plans for further growth. In fact, during his Independence Day speech this year, Prime Minister Modi proposed the creation of a task force for 6G services.
Nine telecom circles in India saw a considerable increase in 5G download speeds in their respective areas. Median speeds increased from less than 100 Mbps in October 2022 to 240 Mbps in August 2023. The city of Kolkata took the top spot with a median speed of 385.50 Mbps.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Kuwait, Norway, Denmark, China, South Korea, Macau, Iceland, and the Netherlands are the top 10 nations in the Oookla Speed Test Global Index List. With a median speed of 50.1 Mbps, India is in 10th place.