Ookla Primed India for 5G Launch

Doug Suttles | CEO & Co- Founder | Ookla

Globally, Ookla is best known for its Speedtest rankings. Speedtest is the best parametric platform to test the speed and performance of the internet connection of any country. Based on Speedtest’s latest rankings, Doug Suttles, CEO, and co-founder of Ookla, said that the Indian market is primed for the launch of 5G.

Presently, India is ranked 115th on Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index for mobile broadband. In May 2022, the average mobile download speed was 14.28 Mbps. Suttles noted that with three large-scale operators, they are not likely to return to the price wars that take place during the early 4G tech cycle, which is important for ensuring adequate investment in networks.

Suttles also revealed that its rollout will help improve India’s overall mobile speed rankings, besides ushering in an era of stability for Indian mobile operators and the regulator.

As per the latest update from Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, by the end of the year, 5G networks will become operational in 20-25 cities and towns. Bid applications for spectrum auctions are invited by the Centre, which will start by July 26.

However, CEO of Ookla signalled that India is not starting from scratch, although it is playing catch up with already established 5G markets.