Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Pakistan Mobile Broadband Speed Fastest in South Asia

Pakistan's average mobile broadband speed of 13.1 megabits per second is the fastest in South Asia, according to Ookla Global Speed Test Index 2017.  Mobile broadband speeds in other South Asian countries are: Myanmar 11.7, Nepal 11, Sri Lanka 9.3, India 8.8 and Bangladesh 4.97.

World Speed Rankings:

South Asia region remains far behind the rest of the world. Pakistan ranks 89, Myanmar 94, Nepal 99, Sri Lanka 107, India 109 and Bangladesh 120 among 122 nations ranked by Ookla.  Norway tops the list with 62.66 Mbps followed by the Netherlands 53, Iceland 52.78, Singapore 51.5 and Malta 50.46 Mbps.  United States is ranked 44 with 26.32 Mbps.

Smartphones/broadband Growth:

The growth of mobile broadband has spurred demand for smartphones. Pakistan now has nearly 50 million mobile broadband subscriptions with as many smartphones. Both smartphones and broadband user base in Pakistan are surging at a rate of 1 to 2 million a month.

Next Billion Users:

Google believes the next billion smartphones will be sold in 4 countries including Pakistan. The other three countries driving demand are India, Indonesia and Brazil.

At a recent launch of Datally app in Pakistan,  Google's head of Next Billion User initiative Tania Aidrus told Express Tribune that “Google is working on digitalising Urdu to promote local content and bring the vast majority of non-English-speaking Pakistanis online."

At the launch event, Google’s Asia Pacific Industry Head Khurram Jamali said that the number of people watching videos on the internet is growing by 66% annually while social media users are increasing by 35% per year, adding that 80% of the users surf the internet through mobile phones, according to Express Tribune.


Pakistan mobile broadband  speeds are the fastest in South Asia region and the number of users in the country are growing rapidly. There are nearly 50 million broadband/smartphone users now and rising at a rate of 1 to 2 million per month. Google has put Pakistan among 4 countries where the Next Billion smartphone users are expected to come from.

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Amjad N. said...

I can vouch to that!

I was In Mumbai after 3 wks in Pakistan

Riaz Haq said...

Pakistan saw the highest increase in mobile internet speed among the world’s most populous countries in 2017, according to a report by speedtest.net.

In its Speedtest Global Index, the speed testing company noted that Pakistan, with a 56.2% jump in mobile download speed during the past 12 months, ranked first, followed by India in the category at 42.4% and Brazil at third spot with 27.6%.

At the other end of the spectrum in the category, Nigeria’s mobile download speed actually dropped 8.4% and Bangladesh’s dipped 7.4%. China showed only a modest 3.3% increase in mobile download speed in 2017.

With a 249.5% jump in mobile download speeds, Laos showed the largest improvement in the world, the report stated.

Vietnam came in second with an increase of 188.7% and Trinidad and Tobago was third at 133.1%.

In some countries, mobile internet speed dropped during the year instead of improving. The devastation of Puerto Rico’s mobile infrastructure by Hurricane Maria contributed to the island’s 39.8% drop in mobile download speed during the past twelve months.

Uzbekistan saw a decline of 31.8% and Côte d'Ivoire 26.1%.

According to the November edition of the Speedtest Global Index, Pakistan ranked 89th in terms of mobile speed during the month, coming ahead of India and Bangladesh in the category.

The Speedtest Global Index compares internet speed data from around the world on a monthly/yearly basis. Data for the Index comes from hundreds of millions of tests taken by real people using Speedtest every month. It is updated every month with individual country data and global averages.