OpenSignal, the credible firm which is constantly testing India’s 4G LTE availability and network speeds has today released yet another report on 4G Availability in 20 of India’s Largest Cities. In the report, OpenSignal stated that Patna has the highest LTE availability in the country with 92.61 percent, followed by Kanpur and other top cities. The report added that Patna jumped ahead of the trendy tech hubs in the south and west of India in the firm’s 4G availability metric. This report was started on December 1, 2017, and was conducted for 90 days.

India’s central and eastern regions saw more cities in the top ten of OpenSignal’s latest 4G availability metrics, as cities in other regions began to close the gap with the tech hubs of the south. Four cities from India’s central and eastern regions – Patna, Kanpur, Allahabad, Kolkata, Bhopal and Lucknow – made it into our top ten.

OpenSignal also stated that the disparity in 4G availability between the cities is also getting slimmer. The difference in the 4G availability metric between top-placed Patna with 92.6 percent and tenth-placed Bangalore with 88.3 percent was just 4.3 percent points. All 20 cities in the measurements have achieved 4G availability measurements of over 80 percent – a score which is expected to see in many of the worlds most mature 4G markets.

Recently, OpenSignal posted a report on India’s cities with fastest 4G speeds and in that report, the firm stated that tech hubs in the south and west of the country continued to dominate the top ten in 4G speed metric. Navi Mumbai averaged a top speed of 8.72 Mbps in that tests.

“This shrinking disparity between the southern and western tech hubs and India’s other cities reflects the rapid growth of 4G in the country,” said OpenSignal in today’s report.

Driven by fierce competition, India now has one of the most extensive 4G footprints in the world. The growth in availability of LTE in the country is particularly remarkable, as users were able to connect to an LTE signal over 86 percent of the time, a rise of some ten percentage points from a year earlier, as per OpenSignal’s earlier report.

“The market is still feeling the aftershocks from the debut of Reliance Jio, and with three mobile mergers on the table, our city rankings for 4G availability are likely to see further significant shifts in the coming months,” added the report.

Pune is last on the list with a mere 81.83 percent 4G availability, and OpenSignal’ State of LTE report stated that the availability in India is increasing with every quarter. - Telecom Talk


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