Average broadband speed in India sees a decline in March due to coronavirus lockdown: Ookla

Singapore holds the top spot in the fixed broadband speed with a download speed of 197.26Mbps

Highlights
  • India’s fixed broadband mean download speeds have decreased from 39.65Mbps in February to 35.98Mbps in March
  • Singapore holds the top spot in the fixed broadband speed with an average download speed of 197.26Mbps
  • India’s average mobile download speed dropped from 11.83Mbps in February to 10.15Mbps in March 2020.

Ookla has released a new Speedtest Global Index report and as of March, India ranks at 130th position for average mobile speeds and is at 71st position globally in fixed broadband speeds. According to Speedtest, UAE grabbed the first position for mobile broadband speed with a download speed of 83.52Mbps, while Singapore holds the top spot in the fixed broadband speed with a download speed of 197.26Mbps. As for India, there was a slight dip in the average mobile download speed from 11.83Mbps in February to 10.15Mbps in March 2020. Similarly, the mean download speeds on fixed broadband have decreased from 39.65Mbps in February to 35.98Mbps in March. The decrease in average speeds is due to increased network congestion due to the coronavirus lockdown in the country.

The average fixed broadband speed in India has been declining since the beginning of 2020 from 41.48Mbps in January to 35.98 Mbps in March, a drop by 5.5 Mbps. Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index compared internet speed data at the country level from across the globe every month. Ookla says that data for the Speedtest Global Index comes from over ten million customers who wish to understand the performance and quality of the internet connection. The March 2020 Index also considers latency and jitter.

Doug Suttles, CEO of Ookla, said, When networks are under usage strain like they are in this unprecedented time of lockdown in India due to COVID-19, it is natural that they experience some level of a slowdown. It is important to note that while the internet itself should handle elevated usage, there may be impacts to speed as people continue to move their daily activities increasingly online. While the core of the internet remains stable, some ISP networks may struggle to keep up.”