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Muscat ranked among fastest capitals for 5G performance

27 Jul 2021

Muscat ranked eighth fastest in the world among capital cites for 5G performance in H1 2021, according to Ookla – the global leader in mobile and broadband network intelligence and testing applications. 

The race for the fastest 5G performance among world capitals was extremely competitive during Q1-Q2 2021, the company stated. Oslo, Norway had the fastest 5G of any world capital, clocking a median download speed of 526.74 Mbps. 

In the Middle East, most cities showed both high speeds and high 5G availability. Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait City and Riyadh showed above-average 5G download speeds and 5G availability in the first half of 2021. 

Seoul had the second fastest median download speed over 5G of 467.84 Mbps. Abu Dhabi was third (421.26 Mbps), Doha fourth (413.40 Mbps) and Stockholm fifth (401.30 Mbps). 

Riyadh (384.66 Mbps), Kuwait City (338.97 Mbps), Muscat 318.95 Mbps), Beijing (291.19 Mbps), and Taipei (287.86 Mbps) rounded the top ten. 

‘Mobile operators are rapidly expanding 5G deployments across the globe, with 16,410 new 5G deployments across 109 countries added to the Ookla 5G Map in June 2021 alone. Huge investments in 5G are being made to increase performance, especially in major cities,’ the company stated. 

The company used Speedtest Intelligence to see which world capitals have the best 5G speeds and availability, based on locations with commercially available 5G during Q1-Q2 2021. ‘We’ve also created a white paper that highlights 5G performance in select cities around the world, including 5G performance at a provider level.’

The evaluation of global 5G performance is based on three key metrics – 5G download speed, 5G upload speed and 5G availability.

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