Internet speeds across networks rise to pre-covid levels: Speed tracker OpenSignal

Internet speeds across networks have almost recovered to pre-lockdown levels with an exception of few tier-2 cities which continue to experience congestion ever since the lockdown was imposed in March, data from third-party speed tracker OpenSignal showed. In fact, urban users are experiencing even faster speeds than pre-lockdown levels.

In the week gone by, users in Delhi saw the greatest improvement of 38.1% in download speed, followed by users in Mumbai (33.5%), Hyderabad (33.1%), Gaziabad (32.4%) and Chennai (30.4%), data showed.

“That said, Dhanbad, Kanpur, Solapur and Thiruvananthapuram were the exceptions where our users continued to see significantly lower download speeds throughout the period when lockdown loosened,” OpenSignal said.

Throughout the initial phases of lockdown beginning March 22 (Janta Curfew), overall download speeds had declined by 16% while Tier 3 and Tier 2 cities saw greater declines of 23% and 25% respectively.

In fact, for most of April, which was the strictest phase of lockdown, Tier 2 cities such as Solapur, Ludhiana, Nashik, Surat and Ahmedabad witnessed the highest decline of 35% or more compared to pre-lockdown levels, OpenSignal said.

The third phase of lockdown (May 4-May 17) was when the speeds had returned to pre-lockdown levels in a majority of cities.

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