Navi Mumbai registered average 4G speeds of 8.72 Mbps in OpenSignal’s latest measurements, which track average 4G download speeds among 20 of India’s largest cities between December and February. Elsewhere, second-placed Chennai saw its 4G speeds nearly double, jumping up from 4.4 Mbps in our last post in March 2017. At the other end of the scale, Allahabad was the only city to register less than 4 Mbps with average speeds of just 3.5 Mbps.
India is one of the fastest growing 4G markets in the world but the country is facing fierce competition in the 4G market, after Jio launched in 2016. While the players are vying for more market share, they need to put customer experience at the center of their strategy. Speed and coverage is emerging as a key differentiator for the market now.
Six out of the top ten cities were in the southern or western regions, with Chennai coming in second with average speeds of 8.52 Mbps, followed by Kolkata at 8.46 Mbps and Bangalore with 7.17 Mbps. For this chart, we calculated speeds for 20 of India’s largest cities, but it’s by no means a comprehensive list of every city in India. So while Allahabad is at the bottom of the chart, this does not mean it is the slowest city in the country – it’s the slowest of the 20 cities we analyzed.
Driven by fierce competition, the Indian 4G market is growing rapidly, and the country now has one of the largest LTE footprints in the world. The shockwaves from the debut of Reliance Jio are still being felt, with no less than three mobile mergers on the table, meaning the fastest 4G city rankings are likely to change significantly in the coming months. As we saw in our latest State of LTE report, LTE availability in India is remarkable: users were able to connect to an LTE signal over 86% of the time, a rise of some 10 percentage points from a year earlier.