Skyfire’s Data reveals India’s 3G/2G Networks struggling with mobile video traffic growth, 83% of 3G users experience Buffering issue

Skyfire’s data shows that on India’s 3G networks 40% of all video streams ran at bitrates of less than 300 kbps, a very low speed for video playback on mobile devices. On mobile devices, HD video requires five to ten times higher bandwidth, and the immensely popular auto-play videos within the Vine and Instagram apps use a much higher bitrate (900-1300 kbps); therefore they will typically not play without frustratingly long start times. “Significant stalling” is defined as a video that stalls or buffers more than 10% of its overall playback time, and more than half (56%) of videos on India’s 3G networks experienced playback issues at this rate.


India’s 2G networks fared even worse for mobile video. On 2G, over 99% of users experienced at least some stalling. Skyfire has found through extensive testing that more than 56% of video consumers on India’s 3G networks suffer from significant stalling and re-buffering issue which is leading to high video abandonment rates. Overall, 83% of users on 3G experience at least some stalling while trying to watch video.

This new data is noteworthy, because India is in a unique position with regard to video consumption on mobile devices. According to Cisco’s 2013 Visual Networking Index, mobile data traffic in India is projected to reach a whopping 900 petabytes per month by 2017, with 60% of that data coming from mobile video alone. Additionally, YouTube, by far India’s most popular video site, announced earlier this year that 30% of all YouTube videos consumed in India were already being watched on mobile.

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March 8, 2015 5:49 pm 5:49 PM

This is the condition of India Telecom Infra Structure, Where Prime Minister wants to make Digital India.

November 15, 2013 8:53 am 8:53 AM

Am from kerala n using a BSNL sim.though they dont have 3G in my area, i get the signals from a near by tower n i allways get 2-3 MBPS speed with it. BSNL is far more better than Idea which has 3G in my area but never gets the signals indoors n even if i do, it will be with a pathetic speed of 512kbps at the most.

November 14, 2013 9:11 pm 9:11 PM

bsnl speed so bad in kerala… m getng only bot a max speed f 300kb/s.. nrmly its 150 avrg.. bt idea s gud providng 400 consistent