Did you know which country has the fastest mobile internet?
OpenSignal, a company that specializes in wireless coverage mapping has come up with some interesting revelation in its “Global State of Mobile Networks” report. It is a survey-based study, where networking data was collected from 822,556 global mobile internet users. The survey findings indicate the average speed and quality of mobile internet in various countries.
Interestingly, it was not USA or UK but South Korea that topped the list with an average internet speed of 41Mbps. Singapore stood the second position with 31Mbps, and Hungary third with 26Mbps. Remember, these values are calculated from typical user speeds, not the theoretical maximums offered by some carriers in some locations.
In the United States, the average mobile broadband speed was recorded at 12.3Mbps, while the UK and China edge ahead with 13.7Mbps and 18Mbps respectively. The results are highly varied across Europe, with Scandinavia and Eastern Europe showing above 20Mbps. Meanwhile, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, and Portugal are all virtually tied at 13Mbps. Emerging markets with less developed infrastructure, such as India, hand in much worse typical speeds, as you might expect, coming in at just 5.3Mbps.
These results rely on network availability, and there is a correlation between network coverage and faster typical user data speeds. In many countries, the 4G LTE networks are still unavailable; hence most of the developing countries rely on slower 3G and even 2G networks to cover much of the users.
The research says that CDMA EV-DO connections normally offer download speeds under 1 Mbps, while advanced 4G connections can provide the speed beyond 30 Mbps. The information also reveals that a large number of smartphone owners are still heavily reliant on Wi-Fi connections, most likely due to low 4G speeds in some countries and low data allowances in others.
The networks in the developed countries manage to cover the population with at least 3G data more than 90 percent of the time. India normally offers 3G or better connectivity to just half of its population, and Algeria manages to offer coverage just less than two-thirds of the time.
Where Stands Pakistan?
If we look at the Akamai’s “State of the Internet” report, there is a good news for Pakistanis. The country’s average internet speed has increased by over 150% in the past year; however, the speed itself is not something to be proud of, since it is just 3.4Mbps.
The OpenSignal’s report reveals some interesting stats about Pakistan. 34 percent smartphone users in Pakistan still rely on Wi-Fi, largely because of the poor mobile internet. 63.47% of the users have access to 3G or better service’s availability; the rate is 99% in South Korea.
The average mobile internet speed in Pakistan is 3.3 Mbps, whereas Bangladesh has 3.7 Mbps, Nepal 3.75 Mbps, Iran has 5.13 Mbps and India has 5.3 Mbps. This should be an eye-opener for telecom operators, regulators and the government that is eyeing 5G services in the country. While this may be true that slower mobile internet speed is an outcome of late spectrum action in the country, but we cannot ignore the output.
It has been over 2 years since we have a 3G/4G auction and the quality of the cellular internet should have been satisfactory, by now. However, the operators seem to be more interested in growing their user-base than ensuring quality mobile internet.