Ookla, the credible network speed testing service today released its India’s Digital Divide: How Broadband Speed Splits the Nation analysis. In the analysis, Ookla rated Chennai as having the fastest fixed broadband speeds of the 20 largest cities in the country. Ookla rated that Chennai registered a download speed of 32.67 Mbps for fixed broadband, which is 57.7% faster than the rest of the country’s average download speed. This analysis is based on February 2018 data from tests conducted by customers using Speedtest service. Besides Chennai, fixed broadband speeds of some other metros like Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam also scored higher than the country’s average of 20.72 Mbps.
Bengaluru followed Chennai in terms of in terms of fixed broadband speed as it reported average speeds of 27.2 Mbps, while Delhi ranked fifth with average speeds of 18.16 Mbps. Mumbai ranked lowest among the four big metros with an overall ranking of eighth, with fixed broadband speeds averaging 12.06 Mbps.
Ookla says that fixed broadband download speeds in India are increasing with every passing month and the same continues with February 2018 month. It is also said that Patna is by far the slowest city compared to the rest of the country, with speeds averaging 62.4% slower than the country’s average. Besides Patna, download speeds in Kanpur, Lucknow, Pune and Nagpur are significantly lower than that of their respective states.
On the states’ front, residents of Karnataka enjoy the fastest speeds in India, with a mean download speed of 28.46 Mbps during the month of February, which is 37.4% faster than the rest of the country. Tamil Nadu is a close second at 27.94 Mbps. Mizoram is the slowest with a mean download speed of 3.62 Mbps in February, which is 82.5% slower than the rest of India.
As per the report, South India occupies four of the five top spots on the list of states and union territories with the fastest broadband download speeds in India, and North India holds four of the top ten.
Alongside this report, Ookla also released its monthly data speed report namely, Ookla Speedtest Global Index and during the month of February 2017, India ranked 67th place in the world in terms of download speed over fixed broadband. India registered a download speed of 20.72 Mbps and saw a slight improvement in ranking from January when the country had ranked 65th position.
These are the fixed-line broadband speeds in India. When it comes to mobile broadband speeds, India stands in 109th place in the Ookla Speedtest Global Index with an average download speed of 9.01 Mbps and 3.66 Mbps upload speed. This is a slight improvement when compared to last month’ as India secured 112th position.