Despite data availability; India lags behind most countries on 4G speed
That the data availability and its tariff has gone down substantially is beyond doubt.
But India still remains a challenge in so far as providing high-speed internet on mobile phones, even on 4G.
This is despite telecom companies announcing massive rollout of 4G services.
It is said that the average network speed in India remains the slowest across countries having substantial telecom networks and lagging even Pakistan, Algeria, Kazakhstan and Tunisia.
According to a list prepared by mobile analytics company OpenSignal, 4G download speed in India is the slowest across 88 countries.
This is the scenario when the 4G has been expanding at a rapid pace across the country.
On an average, the 4G speed in India has been measured at 6 mbps (actual experience could be much lower), whereas subscribers in neighbouring Pakistan enjoy internet at a more than double speed of 14 mbps.
According to OpenSignal, subscribers in Singapore get the fastest downloads on 4G at 44 mbps, followed by the Netherlands at 42 mbps.
The reason being cited is that though 4G is available for around 86 percent of the time people access the internet, it lacks the capacity to deliver connection speed much faster than 3G.
Telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan has said the government is mindful of the slow internet speed experienced by internet users in many parts of the country.>