At 32.67 Megabits per second (Mbps), Chennai clocks the highest fixed broadband download speed among cities, according to a study titled ‘India’s digital divide: how broadband speed splits the nation’ by Seattle-headquartered firm Ookla. Globally, India is ranked 67th with an average speed of 20.72 Mbps.
“Of the 20 largest cities in India, Chennai’s download speed of over 32.67 Mbps for fixed broadband is 57.7% faster than the average for the rest of the country,” the analysis said. The analysis is based on February 2018 data from real consumer-initiated tests taken using Speedtest.
Speedtest by Ookla provides independent insight into the speed and quality of mobile and fixed broadband connections.
Fixed broadband speeds in metros including Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam were also higher than the country’s average of 20.72 Mbps.
Bengaluru follows Chennai in terms of fixed broadband speed with reported average speeds of 27.2 Mbps, while Delhi ranked fifth with average speeds of 18.16 Mbps. Mumbai was the lowest among the four big metros with an overall ranking of eight and broadband speeds averaging 12.06 Mbps.
The study also revealed that Patna is by far the slowest city compared to the rest of the country, with average speeds 62.4% slower than the country’s average.
A quick scan of the States shows that residents of Karnataka enjoyed the fastest broadband 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.