India has risen up claim the 15th spot in LTE (4G) availability in a survey conducted by wireless coverage mapping company OpenSignal. According to OpenSignal’s “State of LTE” report, India has jumped from 71.6% 4G availability in the third quarter of 2016 to 81.6% in the first quarter of 2017. South Korea grabs the top spot with a LTE availability of 96.38%. With 93.48% LTE availability Japan is a close second. Sixteen countries around the world have now reached more than 80% LTE availability, up from 11 at the time of the last report in November 2016.

India makes a big 4G splash

India shot up our LTE availability rankings, reflecting a rare instance in which a single operator can have an outsized impact on a mobile market in just a short time.

Global 4g availabilityIndia’s rise in the rankings can mostly be credited to the entry of Reliance Jio in last September. Jio provides 4G VoLTE only network to its 108.9 million. The other players in the Indian market offer a blend of 2G, 3G and 4G coverages.

Overwhelming opportunity

According to the findings of OpenSignal’s survey, India possesses one of the most promising and fast-changing mobile markets in the whole world. The stakeholders, including the union government, should not now lose the focus. It is high-time to build on the tremendous opportunity to deliver high-quality and reliable mobile experience for the over 1 billion populace of the nation.

The loophole

While the 4G availability in the country has risen significantly, it has come at an expense speed. While the global average speed for 4G is 16.2 Mbps India lags far behind. Of the 75 countries surveyed, India takes the second last spot. The average 4G speed in India is a meagre 5.14 Mbps, marginally faster than than the average global 3G speed of 4.4 Mbps.

In order to build a Digital India, all these loopholes have to be resolved on a war footing.

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