A new report has found that while 4G speeds in Thailand are getting better, they still lag behind many developed and developing countries.
Open Signal, a company that specialises in monitoring data speeds around the world, has just released its State of LTE (February 2018) report which found Thailand has an average 4G speed of 9.60Mbps
This put Thailand in a lowly 84th place out of 88 countries.
The global average was found to be 16.9Mbps.
Though disappointing it’s actually an improvement on the same study carried out in 2017, which found that Thailand had an average 4G speed of just 6.09Mbps.
However, it wasn’t all bad regarding 4G in Thailand, which according to the report ranks highly when it comes to 4G availability.
The report, which measures availability on how consistently accessible 4G networks are in each country, rather than geographical coverage, ranked Thailand 15th out the countries surveyed.
However, this is also a contributing factor to Thailand’s poor average 4G speed.
Over the last three years, True, AIS and DTac have succeeded in making 4G LTE available far and wide throughout Thailand.
But despite providing far reaching access to 4G, Thailand doesn’t yet have the network capacity to support it’s huge mobile subscriber base.
The result is that Thailand delivers average 4G speeds only marginally better than 3G.
It’s a similar story for most countries that have a large amount of mobile subscribers, particularly in India, Indonesia and even the United States, which despite being regarded as a tech leader lags behind many smaller and less developed countries.
Thailand’s lowly ranking will also be the result of other factors such as how much of the country’s spectrum for mobile data is actually being used for 4G LTE and how dense and congested the network is.
Singapore was found to have the fastest 4G LTE with an average speed of 44.3Mbps, followed by Netherlands (42.1) and Norway (41.2). All of these countries have fairly small populations, with little demand placed on their networks, whilst still fully embracing LTE advanced technology.
In addition, in these countries, the use of LTE advanced capable smartphones is likely to be greater than in Thailand and India, which also contributes to the high average mobile data speeds.