According to a survey by network analyst firm Ookla, the forthcoming rollout of the 5G network in India can raise median download speeds in the country by up to ten times from present levels compared to 4G-LTE.
As India prepares to launch its 5G network on its 75th Independence Day, Ookla has given its thoughts on the implications of the current spectrum allotment and 5G technology rollout on the Indian economy.
The findings are based on Speedtest data from other Asian markets, including Thailand and the Philippines, introducing 5G. Both of these countries will introduce 5G in the first and second quarters of 2020, respectively. According to the statistics, in Q2 2021, the speed difference between 4G-LTE and 5G was on average 9-10x. For example, in the Philippines, 5G download speeds were 151.08 Mbps, a 10x improvement over 4G download speeds of 15.12 Mbps.
Internet speeds in India
According to the survey, 64.5 per cent of 4G users in India might expect internet rates of more than five megabits per second (Mbps), which is required to stream HD video content by June 2021, up from 52 per cent in March.
Given the ambiguity surrounding actual spectrum allocations and rollout plans, it is now impossible to say how fast 5G in India would be for the ordinary Indian user, according to Ookla. It comprises enhancements to the radio access network as well as backhaul and transport networks. However, it is realistic to assume that 5G will significantly improve general speeds in the country.
Since March 2021, according to Ookla’s data, Jio’s performance has improved. Jio’s median download speeds have increased from 5.96 megabits per second in March 2021 to 13.08 megabits per second in June 2021. Its upload speeds have also increased, as has its Consistency Score. The percentage of samples exceeding 5 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload is the consistency score.
In addition, from -46.37 in March to -25.93 in June, the NPS score (the proportional weight of a brand’s proponents and critics) increased.
According to the firm, India now lags behind markets that have already initiated 5G deployments, such as the United Kingdom and the United States, in terms of speed. “However, all operators have been working behind the scenes in recent months to help speed 5G commercialization. It stated that they are undertaking 5G experiments and have demonstrated remarkable 5G speeds.
Delay in the rollout of 5G in India may benefit operators.
According to the firm, the delay in the 5G rollout will help operators in the long run since they will be able to purchase network equipment at a lower cost. According to the report, the Open RAN technology by Indian operators will help reduce the overall cost of the 5G rollout.
According to the paper, 5G smartphone prices have already begun to fall, and this trend will continue, aided in India by collaborations such as Jio Platform with Google. “In India, Ookla is already seeing an increase in the amount of Speedtest results running on 5G capable smartphones, indicating that operators will have a pre-installed user base to target from day one of launch,” it stated.