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    Sep 01, 2015

    S'pore has the region's fastest mobile data speed

    SINGAPORE has the fastest mobile data speeds in the South-east Asia and Oceania region, according to a report released by communication technology and services provider Ericsson in June.

    The Ericsson Mobility Report placed Singapore ahead of countries, such as Australia and Thailand, which came in second and third respectively.

    Vietnam came in last of the nine countries surveyed in the region.

    The median download speed using mobile data in Singapore was 21,870 kbps (kilobits per second), which the report noted was boosted by the usage of high-speed 4G LTE networks in Singapore.

    The median download speed in Australia was 11,190 kpbs, and in Thailand, it was 2,380 kpbs.

    This means that in Singapore and Australia, mobile data speeds are sufficient for consumers to use data-intensive applications, such as video streaming and making video calls smoothly.

    Singapore's median mobile data speed was also faster than South Korea, where the median speed was less than 10,000 kpbs, and Japan, where the median speed was less than 5,000 kbps.

    The analysis was conducted on data gathered from Ookla's, which is a tool consumers can use to test the speed of their Internet connection.

    The report did not say how many people were surveyed.

    Analysts The Straits Times spoke to said it was no surprise that Singapore came out tops.

    Dustin Kehoe, Asia-Pacific head of telecommunications practice at IDC, said Singapore's compact city-state profile gives it an advantage when it comes to mobile data speed.

    "Singapore is a very tech-savvy country and is more built-up, as compared with countries like Australia and Malaysia, which have more rural areas. So logistically, it is easier to be the first to deploy new software and technologies," Mr Kehoe said.