Indonesia’s Internet Speeds Surge in 2024, Yet Lag Behind Neighboring Countries

Indonesia's Internet Speeds Surge in 2024, Yet Lag Behind Regional Competitors
Indonesia's Internet Speeds Surge in 2024, Yet Lag Behind Regional Competitors

In a digital age where connectivity is key, Indonesia has witnessed a significant boost in internet speeds throughout 2024. According to the latest findings by ‘We Are Social,’ collated from Ookla data, both mobile and fixed-broadband internet speeds have experienced remarkable improvements. However, despite these advancements, Indonesia finds itself trailing behind some neighboring countries in the race for faster internet.

The report reveals that the median mobile internet speed has skyrocketed by 42% for downloads, reaching an impressive 24.53 megabits per second (Mbps). Similarly, upload speeds have seen a noteworthy increase of 27.2%, now averaging at 13.2 Mbps. Additionally, internet latency has been reduced by 3.7% to a mere 26 milliseconds (ms).

Meanwhile, the median fixed-broadband internet speed has also undergone a commendable surge, marking a 16% increase for downloads, with speeds reaching 28.34 Mbps. Upload speeds have surged even further by 37.7%, now standing at 16.85 Mbps. Remarkably, internet latency remains consistently low at 7 ms.

Despite these remarkable advancements, Indonesia’s global ranking in terms of internet speed still falls short compared to several neighboring countries. As of January 2024, Indonesia holds the 101st position out of 141 countries for mobile internet speed, marking a slight decline of 4 spots from the previous ranking period.

Similarly, Indonesia ranks 126th out of 181 countries for fixed-broadband internet speed, a ranking that has remained consistent from the previous period. This indicates that while Indonesia’s internet speeds are on the rise, there is still ample room for improvement to match up to global standards.

Comparatively, countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Laos, Cambodia, and the Philippines have outpaced Indonesia in both mobile and fixed-broadband internet speeds. For instance, Singapore currently holds the 23rd position (down by 5 spots), while Malaysia has climbed to the 30th position (an increase of 8 spots) for mobile internet speed.

Furthermore, Singapore maintains its position as the top-ranking country for fixed-broadband internet speed, while Malaysia ranks 39th (down by 1 spot), according to Ookla’s data. This underscores the need for Indonesia to step up its efforts to enhance internet infrastructure and connectivity nationwide.

Despite these challenges, according to cnbcindonesia, Indonesia continues to make significant strides in internet penetration and usage. As of January 2024, a staggering 185.3 million Indonesians are connected to the internet, with 1.5 million new users joining the online community in the past year alone, representing a 0.8% increase from the previous year.

The data also highlights that internet users in Indonesia make up 66.5% of the total population. On average, Indonesian internet users spend approximately 7 hours and 38 minutes per day browsing the web, with the majority of online activities conducted via mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Mainly, Indonesians utilize the internet for information seeking (83.1%), social interactions with friends and family (70.9%), and seeking inspiration and ideas (70.6%). These statistics underscore the integral role of the internet in shaping daily life and interactions in Indonesia’s digital landscape.