Indonesia’s Internet Speed Rises to 25.83 Mbps, Thanks to Starlink?

Indonesia's internet speed
Indonesia's internet speed

The introduction of Starlink, a new technology in the internet sector, has sparked optimism among the public. Starlink is seen as a potential solution to Indonesia’s internet speed woes. Even before Starlink’s arrival, there has been an uptick in the country’s average internet speed during the first quarter of 2024 compared to December 2023.

According to the Speedtest Global Index data released on Friday (10/5/2024), Indonesia has witnessed quarterly improvements in both mobile and fixed broadband internet speeds.

Mobile internet, accessed through networks like 4G or 5G, and fixed broadband, which uses fixed-line optical fiber connections, have seen noticeable enhancements.

In terms of mobile internet, Indonesia ranks 103rd globally for average speed. The average download speed is now 25.83 Mbps, with an upload speed of 12.54 Mbps and a latency of 26 milliseconds (ms). This marks an increase from December 2023, where the download speed was at 24.96 Mbps.

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Meanwhile, Indonesia’s fixed broadband internet speed ranks 128th globally, with download and upload speeds reaching 29.37 Mbps and 18.04 Mbps respectively, and a latency of 7 ms. This is an improvement from December 2023 when the download speed was 27.87 Mbps.

Globally, the average mobile internet speed stands at 52.98 Mbps (download) and 11.48 Mbps (upload), while for fixed broadband, it’s 93.28 Mbps (download) and 45.46 Mbps (upload) as of March 2024. Indonesia’s speeds remain below the global average.

Qatar leads in average mobile internet speed with an impressive 313.30 Mbps (download), far exceeding Indonesia’s 25.83 Mbps. Singapore tops the fixed broadband category with 284.13 Mbps (download).

It’s worth noting that these speed improvements in Indonesia do not yet factor in the impact of Starlink, which only entered the Indonesian market in May 2024.

Initial reports from Starlink users suggest download speeds ranging from 25 to 220 Mbps, with many experiencing speeds exceeding 100 Mbps. Upload speeds typically range from 5 to 20 Mbps.

Furthermore, Starlink claims to offer latency ranging from 25 to 60 milliseconds on the ground and 100+ milliseconds in remote locations.

Starlink’s capabilities make it suitable for various online activities, including streaming, video calls, online gaming, and household internet usage.

However, Starlink acknowledges that actual speeds may vary based on factors such as location, time, and network prioritization.