Fixed broadband speed in India saw huge improvement in 2018: Ookla

MUMBAI: India saw the greatest improvement in fixed broadband speed among the world’s most populous countries. According to Ookla’s 2018 year in review, the country’s broadband speed improved by 50.4% with an average fixed download speed of 23 Mbps.

On the mobile side, India ranked at the bottom of the list showing a 15.2% increase in average download speeds overall. This improvement comes at a quicker pace than mobile speeds in Indonesia, which had faster average speeds during 2018.

Of the five largest countries, China claimed the fastest average mobile speeds, while the fastest fixed download speeds were found in the US and secondly in China. India trailed in a tie for third fastest fixed speeds with Brazil. Additionally, Ookla’s analysis looked at gigabit expansion across the globe and found the number of gigabit tests in New Delhi increased from 119 results in 2017 to 20,239 in 2018, an enormous 16,908% increase.

When it comes to the internet, the news is mostly good for 2018. Download and upload speeds are increasing across the globe on both mobile and fixed broadband. 5G is on the horizon and gigabit service is expanding.

Ookla’s analysis also revealed that the world’s internet speed has increased over 15% in 2018. With a mean global speed of 22.82 Mbps, mobile downloads increased 15.20% over the last 12 months and mobile uploads increased by 11.60%. According to the Speedtest Global Index update for November, India rose 2 spots on mobile to 111th fastest and remained in 65th over broadband.

New Delhi saw a mind-boggling 16,908% increase in gigabit results in 2018: Cities which already had gigabit in 2017 saw increases in the number of gigabit-speed results in 2018 as ISPs continue to build out infrastructure across cities. Many cities saw their first real gigabit expansion in 2018. For example, the number of gigabit tests in New Delhi increased from 119 gigabit speed results in 2017 to 20,239 in 2018, that’s a mind-boggling 16,908% increase.

Chennai, India saw a 7,481% increase (from 763 to 57,840) and Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France jumped 6,480%. Huge leaps in the number of gigabit-speed results were also seen in Gdańsk, Poland (6,338%); Rome, Italy (4,909%); Lancashire, UK (3,962%); Ota, Japan (3,240%); São Paulo, Brazil (2,947%); Hangzhou, China (2,669%) and Turda, Romania (2,636%).

Ookla added that it looked at data from Speedtest Intelligence, which is its flagship data platform, from December 2017 through November 2018, to analyse everything from global internet speeds to the world’s fastest countries to when people are online. It also investigated which parts of the world are seeing the most benefit from high-speed LTE on mobile and gigabit speeds on fixed broadband.