India fell further in global mobile internet speeds in January: Ookla

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Mobile internet speeds in India continued to decline according to Ookla’s World Speedtest Index in January. Data shared by the analytics firm revealed that the country fell to 131st worldwide after 129th in December for its slower mobile internet speeds. However, fixed mobile broadband speeds in India have seen marginal growth which has helped maintain the 65th position in the global index. Unlike India, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and South Korea have seen growth in their mobile internet speeds which has taken them to the first and second position.

Mobile Internet speeds in January

Data available on Ookla’s Global Speedtest Index for the month of January 2021 shows that the average mobile download speed in India fell by more than 3.8% to 12.41 Mbps from 12.91 Mbps in December. Along with the download speed, the average download speed in the country also dropped 4.2% to 4.76 Mbps. The country had an average download speed of 4.97 Mbps in December, according to previous data released by Ookla. However, the latency rate in the country has remained constant at 51 milliseconds for the past two months.

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Average mobile download speed in India increased from 12.91 Mbps to 12.41 Mbps in January
Photo credit: Ookla

Globally, Ookla’s World Speedtest Index shows UAE and South Korea to overtake Qatar to reach the # 1 and # 2 positions with an average mobile download speed of 183.03 Mbps and 171 , 26 Mbps in January, respectively. The UAE and South Korea also improved their December results, as Ookla showed them with speeds of 177.52 Mbps and 169.03 Mbps, respectively, at that time.

Qatar, however, moved up to third place with an average mobile download speed of 170.65 Mbps in January. It had a download speed of 178.01 Mbps in December.

China ranked fourth on the global index, with an average mobile download speed of 149.68 Mbps in January, according to Ookla. The country had a speed of 155.89 Mbps in December. It was followed by fifth-placed Saudi Arabia with an average mobile download speed of 115.84 Mbps, according to data provided in the index.

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The global average download speed on mobile devices fell almost one percent to 46.74 Mbps in January from 47.20 Mbps in December, the World Speedtest Index revealed. The average mobile download speed in global markets also fell more than 1.42% to 12.49 Mbps in December, from 12.67 Mbps the month before. The average latency rate, on the other hand, increased from one millisecond to 37 milliseconds in December.

Fixed broadband speeds in January

In terms of fixed broadband, India remained in 65th place on the Global Speedtest Index in January. This resulted in an average download speed of 54.73 Mbps – more than 1.5% faster than the speed of 53.90 Mbps in December. The country also saw more than 1.1% growth in average broadband download speed to 51.33 Mbps in January, down from 50.75 Mbps in December.

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Average fixed broadband upload and download speeds in India increased in January
Photo credit: Ookla

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Singapore led the Speedtest index globally with 247.54 Mbps average download speed over broadband connections in January. It passed Thailand which dropped to third, with a broadband download speed of 220.59 Mbps. Hong Kong, on the other hand, came in second, with an average broadband download speed of 229.45 Mbps.

On the global broadband performance front, Ookla’s Speedtest Index shows that the average download speed over broadband connections overall increased marginally to 96.98 Mbps in January from 96.43 Mbps in December. Average broadband download speed, on the other hand, fell to 51.28 Mbps overall from 52.31 Mbps, a drop of almost 2%. However, the average latency for broadband connections in global markets has fallen to 20 milliseconds from 21 milliseconds.


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