ACT Fibernet topped the charts in fixed broadband download speeds – between 45.31 and 47.74 Mbps – in the months from April to September 2019, Ookla has said in its latest report. The report examined the performance of Indian telecom and fixed broadband operators during the above-mentioned period. It also said that fixed broadband speeds in India rose by 16.5 per cent during Q2-Q3 2019 and topped 34.07 Mbps in September across operators.
Hathway grabbed the second spot for most of the time period with a top speed of 33.69 Mbps. However, when compared with the download speeds of India’s top internet service providers (ISPs), Airtel speeds rose to second place in September with an average download speed of 34.43 Mbps followed by BSNL and GTPL, with speeds hovering between 16.00 and18.47 Mbps for BSNL and between 16.02 and 19.45 Mbps for GTPL.
Jio showed the most variability in speeds. The broadband speed dipped to as low as 17.52 Mbps in August and reached a maximum of 41.99 Mbps in September when its GigaFiber service was launched.
When comparing the fixed and mobile download speeds in the 15 largest cities in India, Ookla found that Jio was the fastest provider for fixed broadband in five cities during the time period. ACT Fibernet was the fastest in four and tied in the fifth city. Hathway's fixed broadband shined in Chennai, and ACT Fibernet had the highest Speed Score in Jaipur and Lucknow.
Airtel was the fastest mobile operator in 11 cities and tied with Jio in the twelfth city. Airtel’s highest Speed Score was measured in Nagpur, whereas Vodafone was the fastest mobile operator in two cities, and Idea in one.
Ookla also tested the mobile network performance during peak hours (10:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.) of every day during September 2019 to see if there was an impact on the top mobile operators’ signal metrics and mobile internet speeds.
It found that Airtel’s busy hour performance was almost as fast as Jio’s performance in the non-busy hours of the day. ‘Despite having the lowest (7.0 per cent) decrease in speeds during the busiest hours, Jio’s speeds were the slowest during those times, dropping down to 7.87 Mbps. Vodafone and Idea were almost as fast as Airtel, and since the two companies merged, there is a gap in speed difference closing between Airtel and Vodafone,’ the report said.
Ookla says to analyse internet speeds of different ISPs, it collected data from over 21 million consumer-initiated tests on Speedtest and coverage data from over 2.5 billion coverage scans on 2.4 million devices during the April – September period.