In a study conducted by Cable.co.uk in August, Bangladesh ranked 195th in the world in average download speed with just 3.74 Mbps, behind countries like Iraq, Venezuela, Palestine and Lebanon.
According to the report, after surveying around 106,126 unique IP addresses in Bangladesh, it was found that it takes an average of more than three hours to download a five gigabyte movie in the country.
Neighboring countries such as Myanmar ranked 173rd with an average download speed of 6.68 Mbps while India ranked 76th with 32.44 Mbps.
A total of 27 countries were measured in the Asia (Middle East) region, which recorded a regional average speed of 43.31 Mbps.
The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (0.94 Mbps, 219th), Afghanistan (0.98 Mbps, 216th) and China (2.78 Mbps, 207th) were the slowest in the region, along with Timor- Leste (0.94 Mbps) and Afghanistan (0.98 Mbps) in the bottom ten countries in the world.
Two of the bottom five are located in Asia, and all of them suffer from underdeveloped network infrastructure and low usage of digital services among their populations, according to the report.
Research designed and compiled by Cable.co.uk, and collated by M-Lab, an open source project with contributors from civil society organisations, educational institutions and private sector companies, the results have released in August, after analyzing 276 million broadband speed tests in 207 countries.
The five countries with the fastest internet in the world are Macau (262.74 Mbps), Jersey (256.59 Mbps), Iceland (216.56 Mbps), Liechtenstein (166.22 Mbps) and Gibraltar (159.9 Mbps).
Four of the five countries with the fastest internet are in Western Europe, with Macau in Asia being the exception. According to Cable.co.uk, all of these countries were either very small or island nations where it was much easier to roll out full fiber FTTP broadband and 5G mobile internet to a smaller population and in a smaller area.
“As an IT / ITES exporting company, the current network speed is not sufficient to support companies in the sector, as we have faced a large number of dropped calls due to poor broadband connections” , said Omar Shariff, managing director of Bytetrek. Dhaka Grandstand.
“Even in July, although the quality of our service was rated higher than the previous month, we fell behind in handling call volumes, which were low as calls dropped due to poor service from ISP,” he added.
According to senior IT company officials, these factors are causing global customers to look to other competing markets such as Vietnam, India and others that do not have such problems.
On top of that, tracking broadband speed metrics in 220 countries and territories (224 last year) over multiple 12-month periods has allowed the platform to generate an overall average speed for the world and see how this number changes over time.
According to the platform, the global average speed continues to increase rapidly.
Last year (2021), the global average speed increased another 20% to 29.79 Mbps and this year the average is now 34.79 Mbps, an increase of 15%.
The average global broadband speed measured in 2017 was 7.40 Mbps. The average global broadband speed measured in 2018 was 9.10 Mbps, an increase of 23.35%. In 2019, the average speed measured was 11.03 Mbps, a further increase of 20.65% over the previous year.
In 2020, the average increased another 90% to 24.83 Mbps, but it should be noted that much of this increase can be attributed to improved measurement tools, according to the report.