Based on Ookla's Speedtest Global Index, which ranks Internet speeds around the world, the global average mobile download speeds have grown 30.1 percent over the past year, while the mobile upload speed rose 38.9 percent over the same time. Meanwhile, the latest ranking (November 2017) also shows a 31.6 percent global speed growth for fixed broadband downloads along with a 25.9 percent increase for broadband upload speeds.
Nations that experienced greatest mobile speed growth over the past year are Laos, Vietnam, Trinidad and Tobago, Hong Kong and Lebanon, while the most improved nations for fixed broadband are Reunion, Guatemala, Ghana, Peru and India.
What about Indonesia? How does Indonesia rank in the Speedtest Global Index? Unfortunately Indonesia remains among the lowest ranked in terms of mobile and fixed broadband speeds.
In the mobile speed category, Indonesia dropped four positions to 106th in the November 2017 ranking with a 9.73 megabits per second (Mbps) download speed and a 7.6 Mbps upload speed. This also means that Southeast Asia's largest economy lacks behind its regional peers, such as the Philippines (91st), Cambodia (78th), Malaysia (74th), Vietnam (61st), and Singapore (4th).
In the fixed broadband speed category, Indonesia ranks 93rd in the November 2017 edition of Ookla's Speedtest Global Index with a download speed of 13.38 Mbps and an upload speed of 7.5 Mbps. In this category too Indonesia lacks behind its regional peers: Philippines (91st), Malaysia (62nd), Vietnam (56th), and Singapore (1st).
Despite the weak ranking of Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago remains among the most attractive in terms of smartphone sales and e-commerce. The 260 million population of Indonesia - in combination with rising per capita GDP, rising Internet penetration and rising smartphone penetration - is an increasingly strong consumer of the Internet (and Internet-related industries).
Ookla is a US-based internet testing and analysis company that monitors mobile and fixed broadband speeds each month.