Despite Advent Of 4G, India’s Internet May Still Be Slower Than Global Average

India is eagerly awaiting the arrival of 4G which is hailed as the fastest internet accessible to every paying customer, but the euphoria may be short-lived as globally, the internet service providers (ISP) have been offering speeds that easily surpass India’s soon-to-be deployed so called ultra high speed mobile broadband.


Isn’t 100Mbps fast enough?
Reliance Jio Infocomm, the only company currently, which has dared to apply for and secure a pan-India 4G license, is deploying a 4G Platform that is capable of achieving theoretical speeds up to 112Mbps. In reality, these speeds are only possible in laboratory conditions. Actual download speeds (most users need high speed download) will hover at around 49Mbps. Though these speeds are nothing to scoff at, especially in a country where the definition of broadband starts at pathetic 512Kbps, globally, ISPs, even in the mobile segment, have been offering much better speeds.

When Reliance will eventually switch on the 4G network, sometimes this year, it will still be 30% slower than UK-based service provider EE. EE is able to reliably offer download speeds ranging between 30-60Mbps, whereas its network is already equipped to support speeds up to 100 Mbps. Similarly SK Telecom, South Korea’s state run Telecom Service provider, is planning to deploy a network capable of offering 300 Mbps. In Hong Kong, peak speeds can easily reach 65Mbps.

Why is India lagging behind?
4G was supposed to be a step ahead in telecom evolution having fixed majority of limitations faced in GSM, 2G, as well as 3G platforms. In fact, owing to nature, this platform is even named Long Term Evolution or LTE. But given India’s socio-political nature, the country opted for LTE-TDD, instead of LTE-FDD, the latter of which, offers higher downstream speeds.

However, despite the relatively odd choice, users need not fret over speeds. LTE-TDD may be a comparatively slower standard, but it is more stable and in the world of wireless mobile communications, Reliability is as important as Potency. What do you think?


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