The state of internet in India has improved a bit since the launch of 5G. Currently, Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel are the only two telecom companies offering 5G services to tier-1 and tier-2 cities. Although 5G adoption is still in its early stages, a recent analysis from Opensignal shows that it has already begun to deliver a massive increase in users’ mobile experiences. Surprising, average 5G download speed in India is 16.5 times faster than 4G.
The Indians averaged an impressive download speed of 242.1 Mbps when connected to 5G, compared to just 14.7 Mbps when connected to 4G.
Interestingly enough 5G peak download speed in India clocked in at 690.6 Mbps, which is 11.6 times faster than 4G peak download speed.
5G vs 4G upload speed in India
While download speed has always been advertised and asked by many users before purchasing any data plan, upload speed also plays a key role while sharing photos, videos and other large documents on the Internet or social media platforms.
Internet users in India who upgraded from 4G to 5G experienced significantly higher average upload speeds with 5G than with 4G. However, the proportional increase was somewhat lower than that observed for download speeds. Average upload speed on 5G connected devices was 21.2 Mbps, which is 5.4 times faster than 4G connection.
Due to the faster 5G download and upload speeds experienced by smartphone users, the country has witnessed a huge boost in video streaming and mobile multiplayer gaming experience.
When streaming videos over 5G cellular connections, smartphone users reported having a “Very Good” (65-75) video experience. However, the 4G video experience was rated as “Fair” (40-55). This falls into two lower categories than 5G.
Likewise, a smartphone user reported a better multi-player gaming experience when connected to 5G than 4G. With a score of 67.9 (on a 100-point scale), smartphone users in India rated a “Fair” (65-75) gaming experience when connected to 5G. Surprisingly, this rating drops to “Poor” (40-65) when connected to 4G.
Currently, Airtel offers its 5G services in 12 Indian cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Siliguri, Guwahati, Panipat, Patna, Nagpur, Varanasi and Gurugram, as well as several airports across the country. While Reliance Jio 5G services are available in Delhi-NCR region, Mumbai, Varanasi, Nathdwara, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata, and 33 district headquarters in the state of Gujarat.
According to a report by Ericsson, the share of 5G mobile subscriptions in India will increase from just 2.7% in 2022 to a whopping 53.5% in 2028.