In 2017, the number of Internet shutdowns in India more than doubled from 2016. Source: Shutterstock

Internet speeds in India are getting faster

INDIA has ranked 109th in mobile Internet speeds and 76th in fixed broadband speeds, according to Ookla’s November Speedtest Global Index.

The country’s average mobile speed was 8.8 Mbps and broadband speed was 18.82 Mbps, both considerably faster than at the beginning of the year.

“Both mobile and fixed broadband Internet in India are getting faster. That’s good news for all Indian consumers no matter which operator or plan they use to access the Internet,” said Ookla general manager Doug Suttles as reported by The Economic Times India.

At the beginning of 2017 India recorded average mobile download speed of 7.65 Mbps, which grew to 8.80 Mbps as of November, a 15 percent increase.

Fixed broadband speeds saw a jump of about 50 percent to 18.82 Mbps by November, from 12.12 Mbps in January.

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Faster Internet speeds in India can only benefit consumers who want to do more online. Source: Shutterstock

However, the country still has some way to go to catch up with other countries.

Norway, for example, ranked first in the world for mobile Internet with an average download speed of 62.66 Mbps, as of November. Singapore led in the fixed broadband category, with a 153.85 Mbps average download speed.

But the new improvements mean businesses should remain optimistic about faster speeds in the future.

Furthermore, leading telcos Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio Infocomm have made high speed data affordable to millions over 2017.

Bharti Airtel has already planned investments within this financial year to expand and strengthen its 4G network.