Times are hard for India. The recent reports by the OpenSignal state of India occupying the last position on the list of 88 countries, competing for the position of highest 4G VoLTE speed. Might sound disappointing, but India has an average 4G LTE speed of 6.07 Mbps. But, even after occupying the last position the statistics are better than previous year where India’s average speed was 5.14 Mbps with 81.56% coverage.
In the current report, India has apparently ranked fourteenth in terms of its availability of 4G signals. Although it was an increase in absolute coverage from last year, the country’s rank slipped three places.
This growth in availability has been attributed to Reliance Jio, and making 4G services more accessible and contributing towards this telecom upsurge.
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Countries like India and Thailand, even after providing far-reaching access to LTE signals, still lack the capacity to deliver speeds that are much higher than any 3G network.
Now, to think more, the majority of the countries that have speeds greater than the global average of 16.9 Mbps are small European nations with small populations. The bottom half of the ranking in OpenSignal’s report mostly include nations that have large populations and thus, bigger mobile subscriber bases. This includes names like India, Indonesia and even the United States of America.
The calculation of this speed depends on a large number of factors like how much of the spectrum is actually devoted to LTE, whether new 4G technologies have been employed, how dense a particular network is and how much congestion occurs on those networks.
Countries with high speeds are using LTE-Advanced networks combined with a greater proportion of LTE-Advanced capable devices.
Future prospects include India getting all geared up for launching 5G by 2020. Also, in all high hopes, this next generation of connectivity is going to be even faster leaving each every successive generation of smartphones obsolete.