India has rapidly climbed the ranks, surpassing other G20 countries in terms of global mobile internet speeds, rising 72 places in the past year, and now ranking 47th worldwide in Speedtest’s Global Index rankings.
According to Ookla, this places India ahead of countries like the UK (62nd), Brazil (50), Mexico (90), and even Japan (58), and, of course, well above immediate neighbors like Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Furthermore, it notes that “India’s median download speed has improved remarkably, increasing by 3.59 times since the launch of 5G.” In comparison to October 2022, India’s median download speed ranged from 10.37 Mbps in the North East to 21.49 Mbps in Jammu and Kashmir. However, by August 2023, the range of median download speeds had significantly widened, with each region clocking speeds of more than 28 Mbps.
Ookla mentions that this is also due to the widespread adoption of 5G in India and the efforts of major carriers like Jio and Airtel to ensure rapid coverage in all major areas and beyond.
Additionally, in nine telecom circles, including Andhra Pradesh, Kolkata, North East, Haryana, Rajasthan, Bihar, Punjab, Kerala, and Uttar Pradesh West, the median 5G download speeds were below 100 Mbps in October 2022 due to the early phase. However, by August 2023, the median 5G download speeds had risen to 240 Mbps across all telecom areas, with regions like Kolkata leading the pack with a median download speed of 385.50 Mbps.
The report also adds that the Net Promoter Score (NPS), which gauges customer satisfaction, has increased in India thanks to the adoption of 5G. 5G users rated their network operator higher than 4G LTE users.
Improvement in 4G Congestion
The report further states that Indian users are among the most data-intensive consumers globally. However, the 4G networks, at large, were unable to cope with the high demand, resulting in “network congestion.” But now, following the rollout of 5G and spectrum allocation, operators have been able to “offload 4G traffic onto 5G networks,” which has reportedly reduced network congestion. Ookla reports that 25% to 35% of traffic is already being offloaded from 4G to 5G.