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Sorong once again outshines Javanese cities on mobile streaming quality

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, June 4, 2020  /  04:43 pm
Sorong once again outshines Javanese cities on mobile streaming quality

Sorong, Ambon, and Jayapura fall into the “Very Good” category for mobile video streaming quality, outshining 41 other large cities in Indonesia that were analyzed in the study. (Shutterstock/File)

For the second time in two consecutive years, people in Sorong, West Papua were found to enjoy the best quality of mobile video streaming compared to other Indonesian users, according to London-based mobile analytics company Opensignal.

Based on this year’s study, Opensignal named Sorong and two other cities in East Indonesia as the top three regions with "faster loading times and only occasional stalling" on average.

On a scale 0-100, Sorong scored 68.1, followed by Ambon in Maluku Islands (67.4) and Jayapura in Papua (65). The three cities fall into the “Very Good” category for mobile video streaming quality, outshining 41 other large cities in Indonesia that were analyzed in the 2020 State of Mobile Network Experience report, which examines the mobile video experience by looking at real-world video experience across a range of content delivery networks using dedicated video streaming tests.

Meanwhile, despite being the epicenter of business and economy, none of the Javanese cities scored in the top 10. 

The best mobile video delivery on Java was experienced by Bekasi city in West Java, which scored 60.3 and ranked 19 in the analysis. Surabaya in East Java and Bandung in West Java follow behind in 22nd and 26th respectively. Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, placed 28th.

Makassar, Palembang, Medan, South Tangerang and Tangerang, which are among Indonesia's largest cities, also fell outside the top 10.

In Opensignal's current study, three eastern Indonesian cities top the ranking for best video streaming experience.In Opensignal's current study, three eastern Indonesian cities top the ranking for best video streaming experience. (Opensignal/-)

The study acknowledges that mobile video experience becomes poorer when the city is a densely populated urban center. 

Last year, a similar study also saw Sorong topping the list, followed by Gorontalo in Sulawesi and Ambon. At the time of the research, the three regions had an average download speed of over 11 megabytes per second. 

According to the study, the dynamics is related to competition and demand. Indonesia’s flagship provider, Telkomsel, stands out as the only provider that scored a Good rating at the national level and Very Good rating at the regional level. It is the only provider available in East Indonesia, meanwhile in major urban areas various kinds of providers, with varying quality, are available.

Demand also plays a huge role in the quality of video streaming experience. As more users engage in data-heavy video streaming activities, the more network capacity is stretched, which consequently lowers the quality of the video streamed. (gis/kes)

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