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Dhanbad: India's hottest city for 4G availability


Dhanbad, the coal capital of India is the mineral-rich city of Jharkhand, that scored 95.3 per cent in Opensignal's, mobile analytics company, latest analysis. Becoming the number one city with the highest 4G availability in India.
Opensignal looked fifty largest cities of India's and analyzed them by their 4G availability, based on a combined score for all operators that operate a 4G network in those metros. Dhanbad scored 95.3 per cent in Opensignal's measurements - one of only two cities to pass the 95 per cent mark. The other was Ranchi, Dhanbad's neighbouring city and the state capital of Jharkhand, which scored 95 per cent in 4G availability.
"Opensignal's 4G availability metric is not a measure of coverage or the geographic extent of a network. It measures what proportion of time our users with a 4G device and subscription can get a network connection, in the places they most commonly visit. So when we say an operator has a 4G availability score of 95 per cent, that means our LTE users on that network were connected to 4G services 95 per cent of the time. This important distinction is often missed by traditional coverage metrics. 4G availability represents when users have an LTE connection, rather than where hence providing a far more accurate reflection of the truly mobile user experience. For more on Opensignal's metrics, please read its methodology and Experience Charter," said Peter Boyland, Senior Analyst, Opensignal.
In India 4G availability, in a slightly unlikely third place, saw Srinagar, one of India's most remote cities, located in the mountain passes of Jammu and Kashmir. Srinagar was just short of the 95 per cent mark with a 4G availability score of 94.9 per cent. In fourth place, was the much-larger metropolis of Raipur, which scored 94.8 per cent in our measurements, followed by Patna with 94.5 per cent. Patna won Opensignal's comparison of 20 of India's largest cities by 4G availability nearly a year ago and has increased its score by close to 2 percentage points in that time.
From other India's largest cities, none were really stoking the fires in Opensignal's 4G availability analysis. Delhi and Mumbai were in the lower half of the table, neck-and-neck with scores just shy of 90 per cent, behind Hyderabad's 90.5 per cent. Bangalore was mid-table on 92.3 per cent, while Ahmedabad scored 92.7 per cent. Nonetheless, all of the 50 Indian cities we measured scored over 87 per cent 4G availability - a feat that many more developed mobile markets would be proud of.
Fanned by the flames of competition, India is really smouldering in 4G Availability. In Opensignal's most recent India Mobile Network Experience report, Jio's national 4G availability score was a remarkable 96.7 per cent - over 20 percentage points ahead of its main rivals. The world's first "super-disruptor", Jio stunned the mobile world with its revolutionary free data offerings, amassing over 100 million subscribers in just 6 months. But its rivals have reacted. All of India's key operators continue to aggressively invest, while the merger of Vodafone and Idea is set to create India's largest operator, further disrupting the market.
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First Published: Mar 29 2019 | 6:02 PM IST

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