India’s average cellular mobile download speed in early 2017 was 7.65 Mbps and by the end of the year it has increased to 8.80 Mbps as in November equivalent to 15 percent increase. The change might be moderate in case of mobile network while the change in broadband speed is dramatic. 12.12 Mbps was the average fixed broadband speed in January which increased to 18.82 Mbps in November equivalent to 50 percent of increase.
According to the test results presented by Ookla, there are dramatic increments in the speed of both mobile and broadband internet and India’s rate of achieving it is also speeding up. This is good news for all Indians and for users of every cellular network irrespective of the plan they are using. India is yet far behind countries with top speeds around the world, however, speculations and optimism is that there is a lot of capacity for growth available in India which is likely to assist the India market in the upcoming year.
Singapore has world’s fastest “fixed broadband” internet speed with an average download speed of 153.8 Mbps.
The increase in the internet speed in India will help consumers use such internet speeds for optimum benefit, this could also serve as a reason for innovation due to increased demand that some new way to connect would be figured out.
The test results were presented by Ookla and the source of the data is Speedtest.net –a website on which users check their internet speed. There were about 17 billion tests taken by its users. One can observe from the data that only a handful of factors drive the innovations in internet speeds and performance.
The first factor is sufficient infrastructure. The key to good quality internet lies in the strength and quality of baseline foundation. Especially when there are advancements in technologies, the networks have to build supported infrastructure to adopt the iteration. For example, a network built for 3G speeds will never be able to fulfill the needs of the modern day LTE user. Planning infrastructure holds equal share in providing service to everyone accessing a given network.
Next factor in growth is competition. The competition among the operators to provide the consumers with faster internet speeds often incentivize each other to offer better options in an incremental way.
Another factor is consideration of new technologies to boost performance of the network. One good example that is emerging recently is carrier aggregation –this is when mobile networks serve multiple LTE operators. Carrier aggregation improves the speed of the network and helps during peak hours.
The beginning of a new year is expected to bring new opportunities in India, which is home to one-sixth of world’s population. The market is dynamic and thus holds opportunities for both national and regional innovations. For example, the dawn of 4G services in India that has made internet affordable for everyone.