OpenSignal today released a new report it conducted in India between December 2017 and February 2018. In the report, the firm tracked average 4G download speeds among 20 of India's largest cities and rated Navi Mumbai as the fastest 4G city in India. Navi Mumbai registered average 4G speeds of 8.72 Mbps in OpenSignal's measurements. Chennai is in second place with 8.52 Mbps average speeds, which is nearly double jumping from 4.4 Mbps in OpenSignal's report of March 2017. Allahabad was the only city to register less than 4 Mbps with average speeds of just 3.5 Mbps.
The report also added that six out of top ten cities in the southern or western regions with Chennai coming in second place, followed by Kolkata with the average 4G speed of 8.46 Mbps and Bangalore with 7.17 Mbps.
Mumbai secured fifth place on the list with 6.97 Mbps average speed, followed by Hyderabad with 6.71 Mbps and Delhi with 6.69 Mbps. However, this report from OpenSignal did not reveal which operator is topping the speeds in the top 20 cities.
Also, do make a note that OpenSignal calculated speeds for 20 of India's largest cities, but it's by no means a comprehensive list of every city in India. Allahabad was placed at the bottom of the chart, which does not mean that it is the slowest city in the country. And it should be considered as the slowest of the 20 cities where OpenSignal conducted its tests.
OpenSignal also touted that Indian 4G market is growing at a rapid pace, which is driven by fierce competition between the telcos. It also stated that India now has one of the largest LTE footprints in the world and in its State of LTE February 2018 report, OpenSignal said that LTE availability in India is increasing with every quarter, but the 4G speeds remain the same.
However, OpenSignal says that with three mobile mergers on the table, it's likely that the fastest 4G city rankings are expected to change significantly in the coming months. On the whole, these 4G speeds in India are nowhere close to 4G speeds in countries like South Korea and Singapore.