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Jakarta’s mobile broadband speeds lag behind Sorong, Ambon, study finds

Rizki Fachriansyah
Rizki Fachriansyah

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, March 12, 2020  /  08:15 pm
Jakarta’s mobile broadband speeds lag behind Sorong, Ambon, study finds

Indonesia has the world’s fifth-highest number of internet users. Indonesian internet users increased from 132.7 million to 150 million last year. (Shutterstock/Creativa Images)

Jakarta is once again lagging behind several major cities across the country in terms of mobile broadband speed, according to the latest report commissioned by a mobile analytics company, OpenSignal.

Despite the capital’s lackluster mobile broadband speeds, however, the report noted an overall improvement of download and upload speeds in a number of other regions.

The research, conducted in 44 major cities across Indonesia, found that Jakarta ranked 28th on its list of download speeds in the country, with an average of 10.2 megabytes per second (Mbps). In terms of upload speed, the city fared even worse - ranking 32nd with an average of 4.8 Mbps.

Jakarta’s download speed has increased by 2.4 Mbps, 33 percent, since last year.

However, the study noted that the increase in download speed still paled in comparison to the significant improvement observed in other cities included in the list’s top-three: Sorong in West Papua, Ambon in Maluku and Jayapura in Papua.

Sorong’s download speed increased by 60 percent since the previous study, now averaging 19.2 Mbps. Similarly, Ambon also saw a 60 percent increase of download speed to an average of 17.9 Mbps. Meanwhile, Jayapura observed a significant improvement of download speed, which increased by 85 percent to an average of 17.3 Mbps.

Furthermore, the study showed that Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara had enjoyed a 69 percent upload speed increase to 8.3 Mbps – the highest recorded upload speed in the country.

The persistent disparity in mobile broadband speeds across the country could be attributed to differing levels of support provided by cellular network companies in several regions, the report said.

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