In spite the challenges Pakistan faces in promoting information technology and bringing more and more people online and connect, international internet speed calculating platform Ookla has said that Pakistan’s 4G mobile broadband is more faster than its neighbor India’s.
Pakistan is ranked 96th among the world in download speed on mobile broadband based on the June Speed-test Global Index, with average speed of 14.03 megabits per second (Mbps). It is better than that in India which stands at 109th place with average speed of 9.12 Mbps, according to speedtest.net by Ookla – a global leader in fixed broadband and mobile network testing applications, data and analysis.
As per to the website’s statistics, the global average of mobile internet download speed is estimated at 23.54 Mbps.
OpenSignal, an online provider of insights into coverage and performance of mobile operators worldwide, in its April report highlighted that the Indian operators moved their focus on growing 4G reach than injecting more speed into their 4G services.
According to the report, the overall 4G availability increased for every major operator in December-February period, and all major 4G providers, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and Jio, crossed the 65 per cent LTE availability threshold in April. However, the 4G download speed of most operators improved marginally and the India’s leading telecom operator Bharti Airtel came out on top with an average download speed on 4G at 9.31 Mbps, close to what Ookla highlighted in its June report.
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The higher latency is also one of the reasons for slower internet speed. Latency is calculated based on the time it takes for a data packet to move between device and internet server. The higher the latency, the more sluggish is the internet experience. The lower the latency, the quicker is the response time and the faster the connection speed that leads to better internet experience and download speeds.
Pakistan’s 3G/4G subscribers stand at 56 million with 75% teledensity, meaning 25% population has not yet been covered, particularly in Balochistan. In this province, 46% of population has no access to either mobile, wireless or fixed line network.
Its five out of six fibre optic projects are for Balochistan which is likely to get better facilities in future.
However, in fixed internet, India is better than Pakistan as it is ranked 62nd with average internet speed of 23.27 Mbps while Pakistan stands at 122nd place with internet speed of 7.55 Mbps.
Pakistan additionally falls behind India in the Inclusive Internet Index of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) fundamentally because of inaccessibility of content in local languages.