Amidst the growing 4G penetration in India, Navi Mumbai has scored an impressive 8.1Mbps on an average in the LTE download speed and has remained on top of the 4G download speeds across 20 cities in India, whereas Allahabad has ended up grabbing the last spot with an average of 4Mbps speed. On w=Wednesday, these listings were reported by London-based wireless coverage mapping company OpenSignal. 

The company said that at 4 am, the smartphone users in 20 cities across India have experienced average download speeds of 16.8Mbps, in comparison to the daily average speeds of 6.5Mbps. This means the download speeds are up to 4.5 times faster at night in comparison to the fastest average speed of 16.8Mbps at 4 am and the slowest average speed of 3.7Mbps at 10 pm.

Francesco Rizzato, a Technical Analyst at OpenSignal, said in a statement– “India’s smartphone users have been experiencing varying 4G download speeds and this depends on the city they live in. Navi Mumbai has led our 20 cities’ ranking with double the speed of Allahabad, that came last. Hyderabad has maintained the most consistent speeds and Allahabad has had the highest variance. In all these cities, 4G download speeds have considerably changed at different hours of the day, and the average download speeds have been 4.5 times faster at night,” 

When the mobile network is extremely busy, the average LTE download speed also drops to 2.8 Mbps in comparison to the daily average of users in Allahabad who have experienced the slowest 4G download speed of about 2 Mbps. 

But, on the other hand, when the network is less congested, download speeds go to about 10.3 Mbps on an average and Indore has hit the highest speed of 21.6 Mbps.

Rizzato added.- “The wide range between a city’s fastest hourly speed and the average speed which smartphone users experience clearly indicates the challenge which India’s operators have been facing since they need to support a large number of users who consume mobile data services,” 

All the cities have witnessed speeds which have decreased over the course of the day, and has, at some point, reached the slowest at 10 p.m. which is the prime time when most of the users would be connected to the Internet to access various services on the mobile. 

Mobile operators in the country might be expecting the number of connected devices and data traffic to increase due to the increasing number of people accessing mobile services, cheaper smartphone devices and rising average data consumption per user.


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