Vietnam’s mobile Internet speed ranks lowest in Southeast Asia: report

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A man reads news on a smartphone at Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Mobile Internet speed in Vietnam is the lowest in Southeast Asia, according to a recent report. Photo: Minh Hung A man reads news on a smartphone at Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Mobile Internet speed in Vietnam is the lowest in Southeast Asia, according to a recent report. Photo: Minh Hung

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Vietnam has the slowest mobile Internet in Southeast Asia and Oceania region, according to a report by technology firm Ericsson.
Vietnam ranked last among the nine countries surveyed in the region. Singapore topped the list, followed by Australia and Thailand, according to the Ericsson Mobility Report.
The median download speed using mobile data in Vietnam was 160 kbps (kilobits per second), while the average in Singapore was 21,870 kbps.
The median download speed in Australia was 11,190 kpbs, and in Thailand, 2,380 kpbs.
With high speed, consumers in Singapore and Australia can use data-intensive applications like video streaming and video calls smoothly.
The analysis was conducted on data gathered from Ookla's speed test service. 
Vietnam’s mobile Internet speed remains slow as service providers have focused more on expanding the area of coverage.
Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Le Nam Thang recently told the media that Vietnam will launch 4G LTE services in 2016.
According to the Ericsson report, 53 million new subscriptions were added worldwide during the second quarter of this year, bringing the global total to around 7.2 billion. However, the actual number of subscribers is around 4.9 billion, since many have several subscriptions.

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