5G pushes India’s speed ranking up 72 places

India's Mobile Download Speeds soars 72 places globally after 5G Rollout, Jio and Airtel lead the way.

Rishika Bhardwaj

Representative Image / Credit: Ookla

India's mobile download speeds have been remarkable, jumping 72 places on the Speedtest Global Index, according to recent data released by Ookla. Ranked 47th in the world, turnaround demonstrates a 3.59-time increase in speed performance.

It went from 13.87 Mbps in September 2022 to 50.21 Mbps in August 2023. In August 2023, Jammu and Kashmir emerged as the leader with a 150.96 Mbps median download speed. 

The widespread deployment of 5G technology across all telecom circles in India, by major telecom operators like Jio and Airtel, has improved user experience. The introduction of 5G technology has not only resulted in faster download speeds but also higher customer satisfaction levels. Net Promoter Score (NPS) data reveals that 5G users in India consistently rate their network operators more positively compared to 4G users.

Furthermore, the introduction of 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) services has addressed the need for broadband connectivity in areas where laying fibre optic cables was cost-prohibitive or impractical. This development has been a game-changer for regions with limited access to high-speed internet.


Credit: Statewise statistics; Image - Ookla 

India not only left behind neighboring countries like Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan but also some G20 nations, including Mexico (90th), Turkey (68th), the UK (62nd), Japan (58th), Brazil (50th), and South Africa (48th).

Reliance Jio amassed 50 million customers and Bharti Airtel claimed 10 million 5G users as of June. Jio plans to deploy 1 million base stations by December 2023, addressing soaring data needs.