Hyderabad might be as tech savvy as its other southern counterparts, but when it comes to fixed broadband download speeds, it trails Chennai and Bengaluru, as per internet testing, data and analysis player Ookla’s latest report.
Ookla looked at fixed and mobile download speeds in the 15 largest cities of India during the second and third quarter of 2019 and found that Chennai had by far the fastest mean download speeds for fixed broadband (51.07 Mbps), followed by Bengaluru (42.50 Mbps) and Hyderabad (41.68 Mbps). The slowest download speeds were measured in Nagpur (20.10 Mbps), followed by Pune (22.78 Mbps) and Kanpur (23.20 Mbps), it added.
Interestingly, Ookla’s report pointed out that mobile download speeds, which include all cellular technologies, showed somewhat less variation from large cities to small cities. While Mumbai (11.87 Mbps), Indore (11.80 Mbps), Visakhapatnam (11.74 Mbps), Hyderabad (11.48 Mbps) and Kolkata (11.46 Mbps) had the fastest mobile download speeds, the slowest mean download speed was measured in Lucknow (8.94 Mbps).
Overall, the mean fixed broadband download speeds in India rose 16.5% during Q2-Q3 2019 and topped 34.07 Mbps in September. Compared to Bangladesh, which saw a similar rate of improvement but lower speeds at 24.02 Mbps, and Pakistan, where speeds stayed relatively flat between 8.54 and 9.14 Mbps, India is the regional leader in mean download speed, the report said.
“With Reliance Jio’s rollout of its new GigaFiber service in India in early September, we will likely continue to see country-wide speed increase,” the report added.
The findings of the report were based on performance data from 2.1 crore consumer-initiated tests taken with Speedtest (which is Ookla’s flagship product) and coverage data from over 2.5 billion coverage scans on over 24 lakh devices during Q2-Q3 2019.―Times of India