India dropped one place to 121st on Ookla’s Global Speedtest Index for mobile internet speeds in April. The index is a monthly ranking of 138 countries, developed by the Seattle-based analytics firm, and measures internet speed in each country. India’s ranking dropped even though the average mobile internet speed increased marginally from 10.31 Mbps in March to 10.71 Mbps in April, showing that speeds in other countries were increasing more rapidly. India’s mobile internet speeds have remained flat despite the entry and expansion of Reliance Jio. The country’s ranking has been falling since December 2018, when it was ranked 108 – and incidentally recorded an average mobile data speed of more than 10 Mbps for the first time. Its ranking fell to 119 in January, 120 in February and stayed flat in March. Since May 2018, the average mobile internet speed in India has increased by just 1.96 Mbps, Ookla says.
For some perspective, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are currently ranked higher than India; Sri Lanka dropped 3 places to 63rd in the latest index while Pakistan gained one place and is now ranked 110. Nepal and Bangladesh, which are not far behind India, also dropped one place each in April.
Norway (average speed 65.41 Mbps) and Canada (64.42 Mbps) retained the top two spots from March. South Korea gained three places and is now third, followed by the Netherlands, Qatar and Australia. The global average speed was 26.96 Mbps, up from 26.12 Mbps in March and more than double the average speed in India.
Ookla’s website says data for the index comes from the hundreds of millions of tests taken by real people using Speedtest every month. Owing to its large testing infrastructure (over 7,000 servers in more than 190 countries), Ookla says it does not need to extrapolate data to fill in gaps because its applications collect information “from every imaginable location and every type of device at all hours of the day”. Since January 1, 2019, countries must have at least 300 unique user test results for mobile or fixed broadband in the reported month to be included in Ookla’s index. Before this, the company required at least 670 unique user test results for mobile in the reported month.