According to Ookla’s March Speedtest Global Index, UAE ranks first for mobile broadband speed with a mean download speed of 83.51 Mbps.

Singapore tops the chart for fixed broadband speed with a mean download of 197.26 Mbps, while India fell by two positions to 71st rank.

The networks are currently suffering a strain because of the coronavirus lockdown which reflects in fall of broadband speed in many countries.

India’s mean fixed broadband speed has been declining since the beginning of 2020, from 41.48 Mbps to 35.98 Mbps (January to March period), according to the report. Mean mobile download speed also dropped from 11.83 Mbps to 10.15 Mbps (February to March period 2020).

Doug Suttles, CEO of Ookla said: “When networks are under usage strain, like they are in this unprecedented time of lockdown in India due to COVID-19, it is natural that they experience some level of slowdown.”

Suttles added: “It is important to note that while the internet itself should handle elevated usage, there may be impacts to speed as people continue to move their daily activities increasingly online. While the core of the internet remains stable, some ISP networks may struggle to keep up.”


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