Internet Speed & Quality

Oct 20th, 2009, in Internet, by

BroadbandThe worldwide internet broadband speed and quality stakes, where Indonesia ranks.

The second annual “Global Broadband Quality Study” conducted by the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and the University of Oviedo’s Department of Applied Economics, analysed 66 countries for the level and quality of their broadband internet connectivity and speed.

Those countries which scored in the top ten, determined by a combination of speed tests and the rate of household penetration of broadband internet:

Broadband Leadership 2009 – Countries

  1. South Korea
  2. Japan
  3. Hong Kong
  4. Sweden
  5. Switzerland
  6. Netherlands
  7. Singapore
  8. Luxembourg
  9. Denmark
  10. Norway

The bottom ten:

  • 57.  Thailand
  • 58.  Vietnam
  • 59. Morocco
  • 60. Pakistan
  • 61. South Africa
  • 62. India
  • 63. Indonesia
  • 64. Egypt
  • 65. Kenya
  • 66. Nigeria

Indonesia’s household broadband internet penetration figure was a meagre 1%, equal with Pakistan, Kenya, and Nigeria. Year on year no improvement had been recorded in percentage of households with access to broadband.

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Indonesia’s broadband quality level was given as 21%. The country had the fourth lowest download speed recorded and the third worst upload speed. Latency levels were 10th worst, at just over 200 milliseconds.

Relative to GDP

The Indonesian economy was classed as moving from Stage 1 (Factor-Driven) to Stage 2 (Efficiency-Driven), with Stage 3 (Innovation-Driven) remaining in the distance.

BQS=Broadband Quality Score

Broadband Leadership 2009 – Cities

242 cities were tested, with the top ten world cities for fastest and most widely available broadband:

  1. Yokohama, Japan
  2. Nagoya, Japan
  3. Kaunas, Lithuania
  4. Sapporo, Japan
  5. Seoul, South Korea
  6. Malmo, Sweden
  7. Osaka, Japan
  8. Wuhan, China
  9. Uppsala, Sweden
  10. Sofia, Bulgaria

Two Indonesian cities were tested, Jakarta, ranking 230th, and Surabaya, 233rd.

16 Comments on “Internet Speed & Quality”

  1. BrotherMouzone says:

    66. Nigeria

    Jeez. Just imagine how many scam emails you’d get every day if they had fast internet…

  2. Chris says:

    No surprises for me reading this.

    I have Indosat’s IM2 broadband wireless, but at my house after about 7 or 8am you cannot get high speed, only dial-up speed (max 6KB/second). Numerous complaints and a visit by a technician have not improved the situation, but the only major competitor is Telkom Speedy, which by all reports isn’t speedy at all.

    Funnily enough, when I take my laptop/modem to school on the edge/outskirts of town, the speed is better and not worse!

  3. Ross says:

    My workplace has Speedy, and we call it Slowy!

  4. BrotherMouzone says:

    Funnily enough, when I take my laptop/modem to school on the edge/outskirts of town, the speed is better and not worse!

    Tangerang/BSD are reported to have the fastest access in Jabotabek. An IT bod was explaining it to me once but I sort of tuned out… something to do with proximity to the…. main underwater cable…. fibre optics…. zzzzzz…. zzzz…..

  5. silvestre says:

    Long way to go. We have way more important problems to eradicate, like FPI and the whole corrupt gangs, or basically the mindset and mentality of the whole country.

  6. Sloopy says:

    I once calculated that in Indonesia Internet was around 1000 time slower and 4 time more expensive than in France… The speed did improve in 2009. It’s now 3 times more expensive and only 500 time slower.

  7. BrotherMouzone says:


    We have way more important problems to eradicate, like FPI and the whole corrupt gangs, or basically the mindset and mentality of the whole country.

    Well, we sorted out the mindset and mentality of the country last Tuesday. And we’d dealt with those pesky “whole corrupt gangs” before breakfast this morning so we thought we’d do teh internets now if that’s okay by you….

  8. silvestre says:

    hahahahaha now now you’re just telling me crap just so you can get quality internet right there.
    BTW I believe if those had been sorted out, the whole infrastucture dev would go along the change and be revolutionized right away. Telkom, PLN, Pertamina and all the rest of the BUMNs could perform so much better really. They just decide not to.

  9. fanglong says:

    Nice work you do, Patung.

    Salam mesra !

  10. Bianca says:

    Can anyone tell me which provider offers faster broadband than in Egypt? Moved from Cairo to Bali over summer and I can tell you internet was faster and cheaper compared to what I have to deal with now. Or is broadband in Bali even slower than other places?

  11. David says:

    I don’t know about broadband Bianca but despite what some above say about Speedy I don’t have much cause to complain about it, alright it’s not super fast but it doesn’t seem much slower than the connections I’ve used in Australia. It is expensive though, I think it’s a million a month for unlimited, I’m not the one who goes and pays bills…

  12. Sigit Mursidi says:

    In Stuttgart, Germany, I needed to wait almost two months to get the connection. That is the condition in late 2007. May be they have changed for the better since. When I return to Jakarta, we got it installed within three days and working well with similar speed I experienced in Stuttgart.

  13. Danny says:

    Hi Patung, thanks for posting all the statistics. It’s embarrassing to read this, I never know that Indonesia is in the same “class” with countries like Pakistan and Nigeria. I was a bit surprised about India though, as they are well known in information technology industry..

    Back to Indonesia, I think the problem is the money (read: greed), how the providers only thinking about how to get more and more money instead of upgrading their service. Probably they think like this “hey, our competitor only gives x bandwidth to their customer, so why don’t we do the same, it means we can get more money”.

    Hi Bianca, I recommend using Fastnet from First Media, it’s cable. I am using it right now and have nothing to complain. I can do video streaming on site like Youtube without waiting, while browsing other pages. I am using (forgot the name) ~ 30 USD package (315 thousand rupiahs including tax) and completely satisfied. Surely it is not the fastest, but when I compared it to others who are using different providers, I am glad I chose this one.

  14. jen says:

    I currently use both fastnet and speedy at home. They are ok for some certain time. Fastnet will go down around afternoon and speedy usually get slower in the evening. I also use IM2 for mobile, but that one wouldn’t work at home (I live in Eastern Jakarta).
    With all 3 I still complain for not getting a good connection. It’s a big frustration if you ask since I need the inet connection to get my works done.

  15. HC says:

    Just to give latest update. Indonesia is not 63rd, but 136th!! Source: There’s no help to this slow internet! Slow/unaccessible internet means backward country! The more and more left behind we are! Even third world countries have better internet (see list). They may be poor and starving, but they have fast internet!

  16. deperate says:

    Indonesia : Slowest 10th in the world No surprise. Reason : Monopoly by PT Telkom and given preferences to conglomerates companies like Indosat , and their downstream controlled the whole market . everyone has to go thru them . No open doors, no competition , No quality . they make tons of money & whole population suffers. Corruption at work guys . see this . Minister of information & telecommunication wont issue new permits unless with OK from PT Telkom .

    Typical way of life here. Many other areas are similar.

    Average fees : $25 for speedy / month. average speed for download : 0.3mBps .
    Fastnet : good new comer using coax cable . very small area of coverage . no use for general public using regular copper line .

    Fastest speedy I have tested : 125 kBps download . Once in a while mid night .

    Can we watch youtube life streaming : NO .

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