/5G roll out in India points to a potential 10 times increase in median download speeds: Ookla

5G roll out in India points to a potential 10 times increase in median download speeds: Ookla

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The imminent launch of 5G network in India has the potential to increase the median download speeds (5G vs 4G-LTE) up to 10 times from the current position, revealed Ookla in its latest insights. The findings are based on Speedtest data from other markets in Asia that have recently launched 5G (Thailand and the Philippines both launched 5G in Q1 2020 and Q2 2020 respectively) that shows the differential between 4G-LTE and 5G speeds was on average approximately 9-10x in Q2 2021.

As India gears up for the launch of 5G network on its 75th Independence Day, Ookla, the global leader in internet testing, has released its insights on the impact of the recent allocation of spectrum and roll out of 5G technology on the overall network performance of the country.

Ookla median 5G table

According to Ookla, as of June 2021, 64.5% of 4G users in India could expect to achieve download speeds in excess of 5 Mbps, the speed required to stream HD video content, up from 52.9% in March. It’s impossible to say exactly how fast 5G will be for the average Indian user, given uncertainty over exact spectrum allocations and rollout plans (including the radio access network and improvements to backhaul and transport networks), but it’s safe to say 5G will bring a considerable bump to overall speeds in the country, underlined Ookla.

The data mapped by the global leader in internet testing is already showing an increase in Jio’s performance since March 2021. The operator’s median download speeds have increased from 5.96 Mbps in March 2021 to 13.08 Mbps in June. Its upload speeds and Consistency Score (% of samples which exceed 5 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload) also saw considerable improvements. Additionally, the NPS score (the relative weight of a brand’s promoters and detractors) also rose from -46.37 in March, to -25.93 in June.

Ookla Jio download speeds

Currently, India clearly lags behind the markets that have already begun the 5G deployments, such as the U.K. and U.S. However in recent months, all operators have been working behind the scenes to help drive 5G commercialization. They are conducting 5G trials and have shown impressive 5G speeds.

The insights by Ookla further stated that the delay in the 5G rollout would eventually benefit the operators as they can procure the network equipment at a lower cost. The adoption of Open RAN system by the Indian operators will further aid in bringing down the overall cost of 5G rollout, as per the findings.

The 5G smartphone prices have already fallen and this trend will continue, spurred in India by partnerships such as Jio Platform’s with Google. Ookla is already witnessing a growing number of Speedtest results running on 5G capable devices in India, which indicates that there will be a pre-installed user base that operators can target from day one of launch.

Ramesh has over 12 years of experience in different departments of journalism. Having a strong nose for news, he has worked with The Times of India, Hindustan Times, Delhi Press, News Wire Service and Governance Today in different capacities. He is a Delhi University graduate and an alumnus of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Delhi, and St. Xavier's School, Muzaffarpur. He loves writing over issues of social relevance. His craving for smart technology brought him to My Mobile where he has grown up to be a tech journo.

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