India telecom users get poor mobile Internet speed, reveals OpenSignal

video callingOpenSignal has revealed the overall mobile Internet speed provided by telecom operators — on 3G and 4G networks – in 87 countries including India.

South Korea (with 37.54 Mbps), home to telecom operators such as SK Telecom and KT, is the leading nation globally in terms of mobile data speed, according to OpenSignal. But South Korea’s speed score fell from 41.3 Mbps earlier.

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Norway (34.77 Mbps), Hungary (31.04 Mbps), Singapore (30.05 Mbps), Australia (26.25 Mbps), Netherlands (25.71 Mbps), Denmark (24.41 Mbps), Lithuania (22.81 Mbps), Sweden (22.18 Mbps) and Japan (21.79 Mbps) are part of the top 10 list for mobile Internet speed.

The next 10 countries include Taiwan (20.49 Mbps), Canada (20.26 Mbps) Belgium (20.01 Mbps) Slovakia (19.88 Mbps), Austria (19.39 Mbps), Croatia (19.33 Mbps), New Zealand (18.73 Mbps), Finland (18.70 Mbps) Switzerland (18.51 Mbps) and Latvia (18.36 Mbps).

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OpenSignal used 19 billion samples collected by more than 1 million OpenSignal users in 87 countries. OpenSignal did not provide separate speed test for 3G and 4G networks. OpenSignal did not provide 2G internet speed.

Mobile Internet speed in India

Consumers in India, which has telecom operators such as Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Vodafone and Reliance Jio, get overall mobile Internet speed of 4.17 Mbps. For comparison, Pakistan users get 3.98 Mbps speed. Telecom operators offer mobile Internet speed of 3.86 Mbps in Sri Lanka.

12.48 Mbps is the overall speed in the United States of America. Telecom operators in Brazil provide mobile Internet speed of 8.82 Mbps. 9.93 Mbps is the overall Internet speed on 3G and 4G mobile networks in South Africa.

The report on mobile Internet speed indicates that telecom operators need to invest more in mobile data networks to enhance consumer experience. The local governments need to offer cost effective spectrum for telecom operators to sustain in the business.

How Internet speed impacts?

Improvement in consumer experience is important for telecom operators to retain their mobile users globally. Telecom equipment maker Ericsson and Vodafone Germany used neuroscience to understand how network performance affects subscriber emotions, stress levels and operator brand.

The report said even a 2-second delay in uploading a selfie over social media network Facebook is enough to cause stress among smartphone users. Mobile consumers have high expectations around time to content with even one-second delay in loading video being stressful.

Vodafone is the first in the world to utilize new ways of studying consumer emotions in collaboration with Ericsson.

“The study proves how quickly smartphone users become unsatisfied when a broadband network is not performing at its best. A one-second delay when downloading or uploading content has a significant negative impact on the user experience, so streaming services must do everything to avoid lengthy buffering or freezing of content,” said Guido Weißbrich, director Network Performance, Vodafone Germany.

Wifi remains a top mobile technology

In 38 countries, smartphone users spent more time connected to Wifi than they did to cellular networks, according to OpenSignal.

In many developing and African and Asian countries, Wifi use was less pronounced, an indication of their less robust broadband infrastructure.

Users in 38 countries spent time on Wifi scoring 50 percent or greater, indicating that a large part of the world users are spending as much time connected to Wifi networks as they are to cellular networks.

Mobile phone users in the Netherlands connected to Wifi access point 68.5 percent of the time. The Netherlands also had some of the fastest overall cellular data speeds in the world, which shows that having a good 3G or 4G connection doesn’t necessarily lead to shunning Wifi.

Baburajan K
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