India jumps in mobile, broadband speed ranking

Norway and Singapore are on the top spots for global mobile speeds and fixed broadband speeds, with a median download speed of 129.40 Mbps and 209.21 Mbps, respectively….reports Asian Lite News

India gained three spots in the global ranking on median mobile download speed, reaching 115th position with recording 14.28 Mbps in May which is slightly better than 14.19 Mbps speed in April, a new report showed on Monday.

India also improved its global ranking for overall fixed median download speeds, from 76th in April to 75th in May, according to network intelligence and connectivity leader Ookla.

However, India’s performance in median download speeds on fixed broadband witnessed a slight dip, from 48.09 Mbps in April to 47.86 in May.

Norway and Singapore are on the top spots for global mobile speeds and fixed broadband speeds, with a median download speed of 129.40 Mbps and 209.21 Mbps, respectively.

The African countries, namely Cote d’Ivoire and Gabon and Congo registered the highest growth in mobile download speeds and fixed broadband speeds respectively in the month of May, the report showed.

In April, India had dropped four spots in rank globally for overall median fixed broadband speeds — from 72nd to 76th spot.

The data for the Global Index came from hundreds of millions of tests taken by real people using Speedtest every month to test their Internet performance.

The report comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the self-made 5G test bed in the country.

The 6G service, he said, will be launched by the end of this decade, adding that a taskforce has already started working on the project.

Meanwhile, the Department of Telecom (DoT) on Monday announced an incentive scheme for design-led manufacturing, along with extending the duration of production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme by a year.

Applications are invited from June 21 for design-led manufacturing incentive of more than Rs 4,000 crore.

The DoT also announced an additional incentive rate of 1 per cent over and above the existing rates.

“The existing PLI beneficiaries will be given an option to choose financial year 2021-22 or financial year 2022-23 as the first year of incentive,” the Department said in an statement.

DoT also approved addition of 11 new telecom and networking products to the existing list, based on suggestions from the stakeholders.

“For promoting design-led manufacturing, Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is inviting applications from Design-led manufacturers as well as others, for availing incentive under the PLI Scheme for five years commencing from 1st April 2022,” it added.

Investment made by successful applicants from April 1 onwards and up to Financial Year (FY) 2025-2026 shall be eligible.

“The applications from Design-led manufacturers shall be prioritised over other manufacturers while shortlisting,” said the DoT.

The Design-Led Manufacturing is primarily aimed to support efforts for designing telecom products in India.

The DoT had notified the PLI Scheme on February 24, 2021, with a financial outlay of Rs 12,195 crore.

A total of 31 companies, comprising of 16 MSMEs and 15 Non-MSMEs including 8 domestic and 7 Global companies were given approval on October 14, 2021.

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