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Ookla, the company behind Speedtest, ranks Chennai as having the fastest fixed broadband speeds 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 rest of the country's average. Analysis is based on February 2018 data from real consumer-initiated tests taken using Speedtest. The full analysis, entitled "India's Digital Divide: How Broadband Speed Splits the Nation", is available at the following URL:http://www.speedtest.net/.
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 which follows Chennai in terms of fixed broadband speed reported average speeds of 27.2 mbps, while Delhi ranked 5th with average speeds of 18.16 mbps. Mumbai ranked lowest among the four big metros with an overall ranking of 8, with fixed broadband speeds averaging 12.06 mbps.
As of February 2018, India ranked 67th in the world in terms of download speed over fixed broadband based on the Speedtest Global Index, with an average speed of 20.72 Mbps. The ranking is an improvement from January, when the country had come in on the 65th position.
This improvement is in alignment with Ookla's announcement at the end of 2017 which said India had reported most improvement in fixed broadband download speeds among the world's most populous countries.
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.
Consumers can track ongoing improvements in their own lives by taking a free Speedtest on web or mobile and on the national level through the monthly updates available on the Speedtest Global Index