Internet Speed Index: Despite Improvements, Pakistan Ranks in Bottom 15%

Ookla has released their Net Index Explorer report for December 2014. The report takes a look at internet statistics across the world.

Pakistan, despite being near the bottom end of the rankings in most categories, has seen improvements in nearly all measured variables in the past year. Things have also take a turn for the better due to the introduction of 3G/4G. However, the work is still cut out for us as we still rank in the bottom 15% of all countries when it comes to internet speed.

Some important things to take away the report before you give you the statistics are that PTCL, which holds than 85% of the market share, has an average download speed of 3.63 Mbps. When it comes to mobile, Warid is firmly on top with average download speeds exceeding 5.19 Mbps.

Before you take this report for gospel, keep in mind that report is generated from data collected only through the Ookla speed tests, which are a de facto standard when it comes to measuring internet speed.

Net Index Explorer by Ookla


Despite the poor rankings, things have improved a lot over the course of the last 12 months. Average download speeds grew by 0.93 Mbps and average upload speeds improved by 0.66 Mbps compared to last year.

Here are the statistics:

  • Average download speed: 3.26 Mbps (171st out of 195 countries)
  • Top download speed: 21.51 Mbps
  • Average upload speed: 1.69 Mbps (169th out of 195 countries)
  • Top upload speed: 9.85 Mbps
  • Quality: 84.65 R-Factor
  • Average value: $5.57 (53rd out of 63 countries)
  • Promise: 80% (49th out of 65 countries)

Net Index Explorer by Ookla (1)


Things were always going to look remarkably better with the introduction of 3G and 4G and this shows in the report. Average download speeds increased by 3.05 Mbps and average upload speeds improved by 1.38 Mbps compared to December 2013.

  • Average download speed: 3.49 Mbps (95th out of 115 countries)
  • Top download speed: 10.92 Mbps
  • Average upload speed: 1.46 Mbps (88th out of 115 countries)
  • Top upload speed: 4.46 Mbps

If you want to view the report for yourself, you can do so by going here.

Talal is a Director and the Chief Content Officer at ProPakistani. Reach out at [email protected]

  • The report only states data of test result performed by Pakistani users on their website, after commencing of 3g/4g networks if number of users go to their website and perform speed test there then the ranking of Pakistan will get much better

  • Speeds have increased tremendously over the last one year with introduction of 3G/4G technologies.These speeds will increase manifold with advancement of 3G/4G in coming one year.Thumbs upto cellular mobile operators Telenor, Zong, Mobilink, Ufone and Warid.Telecom industry should concentrate more on FTTH(Fiber to the Home) technology for further increasing speeds.

  • Warid as top for mobile speed. Are you effing kidding me? Abhi commercial launch huwa nahi, aur abhi say hi top. This is the true definition of WTF face palm. Yet again propakistani proves to be a Waird Paid Organization.

  • increase just because of massive promotion. if i have any option other than ptcl i switch without even thinking

  • Can someone share which 3g/4g network gives the best Upload speed right now? Especially in Peshawar? Thanks

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