Super affordable mobile internet plans are major attraction in digital journey of India. Although you may struggle to eliminate 2GB or 3GB of mobile Internet data on a daily basis, there is no denying that you still need a reliable Wi-Fi connection to play games or watch high resolution videos. Have to connect. This is because there may be sufficient mobile data but speed is limited.
If you use any device to check the speed of your mobile internet data plan then you will be surprised to see the high ‘claim’ speed. But if you play a video on YouTube in 720p or 1080p only then the reality of this ‘Dawa’ high speed mobile internet becomes clear. This is the general story for all telcos in India in general. In some places, you may get good speed while in others you may struggle to refresh your Facebook page. And users have mostly given up on complaining for customer support because standard bot answers do little to help.
India ranks 128 in mobile data speed; Behind Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka
The fact that more data does not equal a better speed is also highlighted by Okla’s Speedtest Global index. As of August 2020, India ranks 128 out of 139 globally. Mobile internet speed Ranking. While the global average download speed is 34.82 Mbps (megabits per second), India is only 12.10 Mbps. The global average upload speed and latency is 10.99 Mbps and 42 ms, India is at 4.21 Mbps and high latency of 53 ms.
South Korea topped the list with an average mobile internet speed of 113.01 Mbps. This is twice the average speed of broadband in India, which is 43.04 Mbps according to the Speedtest Global Index.
Neighboring countries such as Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal have been ranked higher than India in the Global Mobile Internet Speed Test Index. While Sri Lanka was ranked 100th with a speed of 19.86Mbps, Pakistan achieved 116th position with 16.58Mbps. Even Nepal scored more than India and captured 110th position in August 2020 with a speed of 17.70Mbps.
How much mobile internet data do you really need daily?
While unlimited data is very welcome in the country, you may not need so much on a daily basis, especially if you depend on your home Wi-Fi for online classes, gaming and watching videos. Here’s how much mobile Internet data is consumed on an hourly basis:
|The activity||Data consumption|
|Call of duty mobile for 1 hour||35MB|
|Watch YouTube videos at 360p resolution for 1 hour||280MB|
|Watch YouTube videos at 720p resolution for 1 hour||600MB|
|Kept watching facebook videos for an hour||300MB|
|Watching movies at low resolution on Netflix (1.35 hours)||650MB|
|Google Chrome (2 hours)||Up to 150MB|
Why are better speeds more important than unlimited data?
Content creators are already posting 8K videos on YouTube, but you would dare not to hit the play button because it would take forever to load. In addition, for telecasts to lure users to spend more on data, they have to improve speed. The math is simple. If you can easily play 4K video on your phone using mobile internet then your 2GB of data will be exhausted in an hour. This in turn will force you to buy more data, thus increasing the average revenue to telcos or commonly called ARPUs. Also, people will actually get the option to choose between watching 360p and 4K video if they know that their mobile internet speeds will be able to support it.