Netradar of Aalto University: Indian Mobile Internet Networks Still Far behind Developed Countries' Level

MUMBAI, India--()--Indian mobile internet networks are still remarkable slower than in the developed countries. The average achieved download speed of a mobile internet connection in India is 1.1 Mbit/s. The result is based on measurements by ordinary Indian mobile phone users using Netradar, a free mobile application to measure mobile connections and devices. When using the application, users are presented with data about the quality of their connectivity. Simultaneously, this data is uploaded anonymously to the Netradar database. Impartial Netradar application is developed and globally run by Aalto University in Finland.

There are only minor differences when people use different Indian operators. Indian mobile phone users have experienced fastest mobile internet connections by using Vodafone's network in 2014. Vodafone's average downlink speed in users' measurements was 1.5 Mbit/s. BSNL (1.3 Mbit/s) and Airtel (1.2 Mbit/s) provided measuring users with the second-fastest mobile internet with largely similar speeds. Idea (1.1 Mbit/s) and Reliance (1.0 Mbit/s) provided users with the fourth and fifth-fastest mobile internet. Out of the big mobile phone operators in India, the networks of Tata (0.8 Mbit/s) and Aircel (0.5 Mbit/s) were the slowest when the users were making measurements.

There are not big differences with mobile internet speeds between Indian states. Maps of mobile internet speeds measured in India and other countries are displayed at www.netradar.org

In the USA, the average mobile internet speed is 6.7 Mbit/s, in the UK 5.6 Mbit/s and in Germany 5.9 Mbit/s. According to the mobile users' measurements, the fastest average mobile networks in the world are in Denmark 21.6 Mbit/s, Singapore 16.7 Mbit/s and Switzerland 16.5 Mbit/s. Pakistani (1.0 Mbit/s) and Bangladeshi (0.8 Mbit/s) operators provide slightly slower mobile internet connections than India. In Sri Lanka (2.1 Mbit/s) connections are faster than in India.

“Several factors explain why mobile phone users reach different internet speeds in different countries. Mobile internet speed depends not only on mobile network operators, but also on used devices, speed limitations in the subscriptions, user's distance from the operator's antenna, landscape, available radio technologies and how congested is the mobile network,” says Professor Jukka Manner, leader of the Netradar project at Aalto University.

Press photos:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3w0wz0i382etr1r/AAD9WLBD5JdphYEDHEg6uSsXa?dl=0

Contacts

Professor Jukka Manner, Aalto University
Email: press@netradar.org
Phone: +358 50 511 2973
http://www.netradar.org/
http://www.internetsociety.org/netradar

Release Summary

Indian mobile internet networks are much slower than in the developed countries. The average download speed of a mobile internet connection is 1.1 Mbit/s based on measurements by mobile phone users.

Contacts

Professor Jukka Manner, Aalto University
Email: press@netradar.org
Phone: +358 50 511 2973
http://www.netradar.org/
http://www.internetsociety.org/netradar