14/12/2017 451 Science Affairs | Information Technology | View Recent Current Affairs
- The popular internet speed testing service Ookla has released its November edition of the Speedtest Global Index, ranking average internet speeds in different countries, on mobile and home broadband.
Highlights of the index:
- India is ranked 109th in mobile internet speeds and 76th for fixed broadband speed globally, which is a 15 percent increase.
- At the start of 2017, the average mobile download speed in India was 7.65 Mbps. Heading into the end of the year, average mobile download speed is 8.80 Mbps which is a 15 percent increase.
- While mobile speeds increased modestly, fixed broadband speeds increased dramatically. Average fixed broadband download speed in January was 12.12 Mbps. As of November, it's at 18.82 Mbps, a close to 50 percent jump.
- Norway ranks first in the world for mobile internet with an average download speed of 62.66 Mbps.
- Singapore takes the top spot for fixed broadband with a 153.85 Mbps average download.
- Both mobile and fixed broadband internet in India are getting faster, that's good news for all Indian consumers no matter which operator or plan they use to access the internet.
- India still has a long way to go to catch up with countries that have top speeds around the world.
- First and foremost factor for internet is sufficient infrastructure. The strength and quality of networks is the baseline foundation required for faster speeds. Another key element in growth is competition. When operators compete to provide the fastest speeds and the best plans for consumers, they incentivise each other to offer progressively better options.
- And a third factor in improving speeds is the consideration of new technologies that may boost network performance.