Video Streaming Experience on Smartphones Very Poor in India: OpenSignal
New Delhi: (Despite video streaming on smartphones gaining momentum in India, the country still lags far behind on global standards — falling in the poor territory characterized by frequent stalling during video playback and long loading times even for low-resolution video, a new report revealed on Tuesday. When it comes to overall mobile video experience, India joins Iran and the Philippines below the “Fair” threshold into “Poor” territory (0-40), said London-based wireless coverage mapping company OpenSignal. “Our tests sample video at multiple resolutions accessed from multiple content providers, and they weigh three main criteria: the load time before the video begins playing, the stalling rate characterized by stops and stutters in the video playback, and the level of picture resolution,” OpenSignal said in a statement. A score that falls within 75-100 is Excellent, 65-75 is Very Good, 55-65 is Good, 40-55 is Fair and 0-40 is poor.
While no country fell into the Excellent (75-100) category for average video quality, South Korea (with the top download speed of 45.58 Mbps) was the fastest of the 69 countries analyzed in the report. The best video experience was recorded in the Czech Republic. “In general, European countries tended to rank higher than their counterparts in the Americas, while Asian and Middle Eastern countries are scattered throughout the rankings,” the report said. “Eleven of the 69 countries we analyzed earned a Very Good rating on OpenSignal’s video experience scale, meaning mobile video loaded quickly and rarely stalled even at higher resolutions,” the report added. (IANS)