Bahrain sees a rise in internet speeds

Bahrain sees a rise in internet speeds
Published: 26 August 2019 - 4:55 p.m.

According to a recent report, the Kingdom of Bahrain's internet speed has improved considerably. Its position in the Speedtest Global Index rose by 10 places in just one month.

The gain was made in July, putting the country at the 55th position globally, ten places ahead of its position in June. Globally, the UAE is at third place in this list with an average speed of 55.12Mbps. Saudi Arabia ranks 58th globally, whereas Oman stands at the 94th place. Bahrain's 55th place position equates to an average speed of 43.05Mbps, according to the Speedtest Global Index.

The index ranks mobile and fixed broadband speeds from around the world every month. Speedtest says “Results are updated midmonth for the previous month. January 1, 2019 onward countries must have at least 300 unique user results for mobile or fixed broadband to be ranked in either category.”

This placement comes just in time as Bahrain prepares to take the lead in making the best out of 5G technologies. Batelco has selected Ericsson to launch 5G whereas VIVA Bahrain has partnered with Huawei. Last month, Batelco launched the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, the first 5G network supported device.

Commenting on 5G in Bahrain, Kamal Ahmed, the minister of transportation and telecommunications said “There were a lot of challenges along the way – ensuring spectrum availability as soon as possible was a big challenge, but overcoming these obstacles exemplifies the support and co-operation amongst Team Bahrain and demonstrates how Bahrain can move quickly, deliver enormous progress against an accelerated timeframe, and be a partner to technology leaders.”

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