According to global Internet connectivity data acquired and published by Ookla Net Matrix  through Net Index,  Bangladesh is currently ranked 172nd out of a total 180 countries analysed to obtain national downlink (as well as other metric) averages. This places the developing nation at the bottom 5% (95% are better), leaving behind 8 other countries including Nepal, Bhutan and, surprisingly, Egypt (a relatively well-to-do economy). Neighbours India and Pakistan rank 143rd and 159th respectively, with downlink averages of 2.61 and 1.96 Mbps (Megabits per second; translates to 1/8 Megabytes per second).
At the top of the charts are Asian tigers Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Singapore with speeds ranging from 33.81 to 42.39 Mbps. Bangladesh's speed of 1.30 Mbps falls well below the global average of 12.27 Mbps, (roughly 1/12). Unfortunately, these numbers may not reflect real-world experience, especially for those in the higher end of the spectrum. Modern cable-, DSL- and Fiber-based Internet service providers (ISP) may boast jaw-dropping download speeds, but these may at the same time be limited to connections within the locality or region. A resident of Singapore may find that her "Internet slows down" dramatically when surfing websites or downloading from servers hosted outside the country and continent, since most of the 'web' as we know it is in the US and Europe (where the more popular web-hosting companies are located). However, netizens subscribed to much slower services may not be affected by this phenomenon as there is already a bottleneck at the ISP level.
Ookla runs Speedtest.net,  a popular and free bandwidth testing service for Internet users. Net Index's primary data is based on test results from this service, where clients can either opt to be tested against a recommended (often the nearest) server or pick their own. This effectively means that each client may have been tested against the nearest or a relatively nearby server, possibly located within the country's borders, thereby being over-represented. For these reasons, the comparative statistics should only be taken as a rough indication. It must also be mentioned that the analysis contained in this article is based upon the 'Download Index' data for the most part. A Speedtest download result of 0.6 Mbps and a latency or 'ping' (the delay experienced between a client and a server throughout the communication; lower is better) of 500 ms (milliseconds) currently places you among less than 25% of Internet users in Bangladesh (who have used the service) with a grade of 'D-'. This implies that more than 75% of users have a better connection than you.
Perhaps the most interesting of findings, however, is how local ISPs are represented and how they fare against each other. City-level comparison includes only Dhaka (2.15 Mbps) and Chittagong (1.40 Mbps), meaning other cities still do not have large enough of a footprint to make an appearance. Among the major ISPs are Qubee (Augere Wireless Broadband Bangladesh) and Banglalion, two of the three WiMAX providers in the country (the other being Ollo, a recent contender in the 802.16 family of wireless networks). However, these are not at the top. Most of the list is dominated by providers of corporate services, not residential, but there are two that do stand out - BDCOM Online and Link3 Technologies. Both outrank the WiMAX ISPs, and may be worth checking out if you prefer wired solutions (for it often times provides better latency, but is more susceptible to poor weather conditions).
Bangladesh is a fast-developing economy, but it remains to be seen how fast it can catch up to the rest of the world in terms of high-speed Internet connectivity. The recent introduction of 3G can only do so much when everyone else has moved on to uncapped 3.5G and beyond (HSDPA and HSPA+). WiMAX is indeed a generation ahead (4G), though not purely "mobile broadband". As a current technology, however, the presence and affordability of WiMAX in Bangladesh has shoved the country several years forward. So, it seems the future does have promise, after all.
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