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India Witnesses a Huge Drop in Mobile Speeds in April

In absolute terms, India's performance in mobile speeds has deteriorated from that of last year

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According to latest statistics, Norway has the fastest mobile internet speed.
A screen-grab of the app Speedtest.net used to gauge internet speed in Norway.(representational image) Wikimedia

India witnessed a dip in mobile speeds in April 2019 with its rank remaining at 68th position in fixed broadband speeds globally and has decreased in ranking to 121 in mobile speeds, Ookla, the company behind Speedtest, said on Monday in updates to its Speedtest Global Index for April 2019.

While India has maintained its position in fixed broadband with average download speeds of 29.25 Mbps, the country has witnessed a dip in mobile speeds with average download speed of 10.71 Mbps, as per the report.

According Ookla’s announcement in the beginning of 2018, India clocked 67th rank globally for fixed broadband speeds and 109th for mobile internet speeds.

In absolute terms, India’s performance in mobile speeds has deteriorated from that of last year.

FILE – Attendees take pictures of the new Huawei Mate X foldable 5G smartphone during the Mobile World Congress wireless show, in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 25, 2019. VOA

The April Speedtest Global Index shows Norway at pole position globally for mobile internet with an average download speed of 65.41 Mbps. Singapore takes the top spot for fixed broadband with an average download speed of 197.50 Mbps.

Ookla Co-founder and General Manager Doug Suttles said in a statement: “Networks are extremely complex entities whose performance is impacted by everything from quality of physical infrastructure to the geographical regions they are placed.”

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“India has unique challenges due to both the country’s large geographic size and population. The number of people using a network at a given time is one of the biggest factors for network congestion and slow down. Overall, we believe they are doing an admirable job given the complexities of the market,” he added.

Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index compares internet speed data monthly from around the world. Data for the Index comes from the hundreds of millions of tests taken by real people using Speedtest every month. The company has 40 million active users in India conducting over 800,000 tests a day. (IANS)

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84% Indians Hope to Retain Their Jobs Despite Automation: WEF

Indians see automation, but hopeful of keeping jobs

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Although majority of Indians think their jobs would be automated in the next 10 years, 84 per cent hope to retain their jobs. (Representational Image) Pixabay

Although majority of Indians think their jobs would be automated in the next 10 years, 84 per cent hope to retain their jobs, supported by their skills, according to a report by World Economic Forum (WEF) and Ipsos.

India tops the list in terms of expectation of jobs automation, as around 71 per cent respondents expect their jobs to be automated. Saudi Arabia comes second with 56 per cent respondents expecting jobs getting automated, and in China 55 per cent respondents feel the same.

“Interestingly, 84 per cent of urban Indians polled are confident of keeping their jobs, using the skills they possess. The survey also shows across all markets, Indians are most confident, followed by the Netherlands (83 per cent) and the US (82 per cent),” the report said.

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Indians realise while automation is likely they know it will act as an enabler to improve efficiencies in deliverability. Pixabay

The markets least confident of holding onto their jobs in the face of automation, include Japan (23 per cent), South Korea (33 per cent) and Russia (50 per cent).

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Commenting on the survey, Parijat Chakraborty of Ipsos India said, “Indian job market is hierarchy driven, promotions are skills and performance-led. Indians realise while automation is likely they know it will act as an enabler to improve efficiencies in deliverability; human intellect, skill-sets and capital will still be needed to get the job done.” (IANS)