Thailand’s broadband internet speed ranks first after conducting a speed test in December last year. The ranking rose 2 places from the previous speed test across 176 countries according to the Speedtest Global Index, beating stiff competition.
Singapore and Hong Kong are now ranked 2nd and 3rd in the test, measured monthly. The test uses millions of data from real people using Speedtest tools. The test was developed by Ookla, a Seattle, Washington-based company that pioneered fixed-band and mobile network testing, analytics and data apps. Although the tests originate from a US company, the US is in 10th place on the list.
Thailand recorded an average fixed broadband speed of 308.35 megabits per second for download last month, beating Singapore for the top spot. It was 3rd in November 2020. Fixed broadband global average speed was 96.43 megabits per second for downloads and 52.31 megabits per second for uploads in December.
On his Facebook page, the Minister of Digital Economy and Buddhipongse Association attributed Punnakanta the top ranking to the rapid development of telecommunications infrastructure in the country and competition from local operators.
After AIS Fiber entered the market in 2015, it prompted more competitors to take part in the race to install optical fiber for Internet services, a move that replaced the old ADSL network technology. AIS Fiber is a mobile operator Advanced Information Service home broadband unit.
Pisut Ngamvijitvong, senior director of the analytics department at Kasikorn Securities, says some operators still provide fixed broadband services through the old ADSL technology, but that the Internet is getting faster and cheaper each year.
“Triple Broadband provides about 30-40% of its service over ADSL and True Internet has around 20%.”
Thailand’s fixed broadband service sector is growing every year. In 2019, there were 10.1 million home subscribers to fixed broadband services. And, in 2020, the number was estimated at 11 million.
The Speedtest Global Index also rates mobile internet speeds of 139 countries where Thailand is currently 33rd in December 2020. It climbed 11 places in 1 month from November 2020 and tested to 51.75 megabits per second for download . The United Arab Emirates and South Korea followed in the rankings with 2nd and 3rd places respectively. The global average for mobile internet speeds was 47.2 megabits per second for downloads and 12.67 megabits per second for uploads.