India improves global ranking for mobile, fixed broadband speeds

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India improved its global ranking for overall fixed median download speeds, from 76th in April to 75th in May. India’s performance in median download speeds on fixed broadband witnessed a slight dip, from 48.09 Mbps in April to 47.86 in May. Norway and Singapore are on the top spots for global mobile speeds and fixed broadband speeds, with a median download speed of 129.40 Mbps and 209.21 Mbps, respectively.

According to the latest statement by Union telecom minister, 5G networks will become operational in 20-25 cities and towns by the end of the year.  The government has invited bid applications for spectrum auctions starting July 26 after the Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared a proposal to auction over 72,000 megahertz (MHz), or 72 GHz, of airwaves with a validity period of 20 years.

“Our Speedtest Video data shows that for the median user, Indian mobile networks supported an adapted average bitrate of 3.59 Mbps in Q1 2022. This is some way short of the bandwidth required to support full HD content. The Indian video streaming market is clearly calling out for the increased bandwidth and lower latency that 5G will bring,” said Suttles. According to the prime minister, a task force has started work on rolling out 6G network by the end of the decade.

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