How are things with mobile Internet in large cities of Russia? We went and personally checked (surprised)

Tests of mobile communication speeds are carried out in Moscow with enviable regularity. But what about all this in other regions?

To answer this question, for several years in a row we launched all-Russian Internet speed tests. This year was no exception, but with two differences from the usual plan.

First, we let’s go ourselves in three large cities – St. Petersburg, Kazan and Nizhny Novgorod. The results of measurements (and a lot of photos) can be found below.

And secondly, let’s evaluate our results in a number of network-dependent tasks: online games, streaming video or music, and downloading files.

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How we tested mobile Internet

We had two iPhone 13 Pro Max. Both devices are officially PCT, identical in terms of filling and configurations, and also worked on the same versions of iOS.

How was it tested: in each location of the studied cities, SIM cards were inserted one by one and 4 measurements were taken, 3 takes each.

Several attempts are necessary to avoid unrealistic results due to random external factors. The article contains only the best measurements from three takes for each operator.

What application measured: speed tested in a well-known service Speedtest.net from OOKLA (free on the App Store).

Final results of operators for each city weighed relative to each other. We consider this to be a fair approach. To take first place in speed four times, but to be last twice is worse than being consistently in second or third place. Agree, because for praise it is not enough that in some areas the Internet is fast. He needs to be fast. everywhere.

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What do the colored dots next to the results mean?

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Colored dots are the correspondence of speeds to certain scenarios usage:

Online games on smartphone

Many popular games require a constant online connection to the server. Low speed or high ping lead to delays, problems in the gameplay, disconnection and progress reset.

It’s not so much the speed that matters here, but the ping.

Required speed and ping: at least 10 megabits per second, no more than 90 ms

Streaming Hi-Res Lossless Music from Apple Music

Regular streaming of music is not a problem for the mobile Internet. But streaming in the highest quality Hi-Res Lossless requires tens of megabits per second.

Required speed: at least 20 megabits per second.

Video streaming (4K HDR 30/60 FPS)

Watch videos from YouTube and Apple TV+ in the highest quality. Here, the most difficult test will be YouTube as 4K HDR 60 FPS – this requires a really fast Internet connection and a powerful device.

Required speed: at least 30 megabits per second.

File upload

Downloading large archives from servers and cloud services. A low speed will force you to stand in one place, fearing a break in the signal and the need to put the file on download again.

Required speed: at least 40 megabits per second.

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We went here in the first place and almost the entire Moscow part of the editorial office. Instead of “Sapsan” – a train “Metropolis” at night, to go for a walk immediately after sleeping. We landed in the center, on Malaya Morskaya. We jumped into the St. Petersburg metro – and off we go …

1. Palace Bridge

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▪ MegaFon: 73 Mbps
▪ beeline: 60 Mbps
▪ MTS: 23 Mbps
▪ Tele2: 19 Mbps

Best: MegaFon

2. Gazprom Arena

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▪ MTS: 180 Mbps
▪ MegaFon: 168 Mbps
▪ beeline: 146 Mbps
▪ Tele2: 67 Mbps

Best: MTS

3. Park of the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg

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▪ MTS: 187 Mbps
▪ beeline: 169 Mbps
▪ Tele2: 93 Mbps
▪ MegaFon: 76 Mbps

Best: MTS

4. Sevkabel Port

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▪ MegaFon: 120 Mbps
▪ Tele2: 70 Mbps
▪ beeline: 53 Mbps
▪ MTS: 51 Mbps

Best: MegaFon

5. New Holland Island

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▪ MegaFon: 86 Mbps
▪ Tele2: 85 Mbps
▪ beeline: 83 Mbps
▪ MTS: 32 Mbps

Best: all except MTS

🎖 Results

Fastest Internet: Megaphone
▸ 2nd place: Beeline
▸ 3rd place: MTS
▸ 4th place: Tele2

Average download speeds (5 locations):
◦ MegaFon: 105 Mbps
◦ beeline: 102 Mbps
◦ MTS: 95 Mbps
◦ Tele2: 67 Mbps

Weighted positions by speeds (the lower the number, the better)
◦ MegaFon: 2, 4, 1, 1, 1 (9)
◦ beeline: 3, 2, 2, 3, 1 (11)
◦ MTS: 1, 1, 3, 4, 4 (13)
◦ Tele2: 4, 3, 4, 2, 1, (14)

MegaFon was the first. Beeline as a whole also did not blunder, turned out to be a strong middle peasant. MTS had two excellent results, but two the worst it is impossible to forget. Even Tele2 had one “victory”, along with two other operators. But what we have, we have.

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Mikk Seed came here from us. This is his hometown, after all. He shared the train with tourists: Kazan is rightfully very popular and entered the top ten of the most desirable holiday destinations inside Russia in July 2022.

1. Kremlin embankment

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▪ MegaFon: 111 Mbps
▪ MTS: 82 Mbps
▪ beeline: 30 Mbps
▪ Tele2: 19 Mbps

Best: Megaphone

2. Millennium Bridge

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▪ MegaFon: 87 Mbps
▪ beeline: 38 Mbps
▪ MTS: 26 Mbps
▪ Tele2: 4 Mbps 😳

Best: Megaphone

3. National Library

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▪ MegaFon: 153 Mbps
▪ beeline: 132 Mbps
▪ MTS: 111 Mbps
▪ Tele2: 66 Mbps

Best: Megaphone

4. Lake Kaban


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▪ Tele2: 139 Mbps
▪ MegaFon: 74 Mbps
▪ MTS: 32 Mbps
▪ beeline: 14 Mbps

Best: Tele2

5. Kazan Kremlin

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▪ MegaFon: 54 Mbps
▪ beeline: 43 Mbps
▪ MTS: 7 Mbps 😳
▪ Tele2: 2 Mbps 🗿

Best: Megaphone

6. Freedom Square

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▪ Tele2: 121 Mbps
▪ MegaFon: 73 Mbps
▪ MTS: 67 Mbps
▪ beeline: 41 Mbps

Best: Tele2

7. Millennium Square

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▪ beeline: 70 Mbps
▪ MegaFon: 68 Mbps
▪ Tele2: 14 Mbps
▪ MTS: 13 Mbps

Best: beeline and megafon

8. Kazan Family Center (Registry Office)

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▪ Tele2: 95 Mbps
▪ beeline: 86 Mbps
▪ MTS: 52 Mbps
▪ MegaFon: 34 Mbps

Best: Tele2

🎖Results

Fastest Internet: Megaphone
▸ 2nd place: beeline
▸ 3rd place: Tele2
▸ 4th place: MTS

Average download speeds (8 locations):
◦ MegaFon: 82 Mbps
◦ beeline: 57 Mbps
◦ Tele2: 57 Mbps
◦ MTS: 49 Mbps

Weighted positions by speeds (the lower the number, the better)
◦ MegaFon: 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 4 (13)
◦ beeline: 3, 2, 2, 4, 2, 4, 1, 2 (20)
◦ Tele2: 4, 4, 4, 1, 4, 1, 2, 1 (21)
◦ MTS: 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 2, 3 (22)

Despite several higher results at certain points, Tele2 showed sad (you can’t say otherwise) speeds in many others. The beeline also has a wide spread in statistics, but at least they turned out to be better in general. MTS never took the first place and showed the lowest average speed. But it was predictable, which is good in its own way.

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I came to Nizhny for only one day, but fell in love with it from the first hours. The central streets and the embankment were so transformed for the 800th anniversary, which was celebrated last year, that they didn’t want to leave at all. Is there some right Russian charm, as if still pre-revolutionary. I also got to the local craft fair, as well as to the end of the match CSKA – Nizhny Novgorod.

1. Bolshaya Pokrovskaya Street

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▪ MegaFon: 173 Mbps
▪ MTS: 63 Mbps
▪ beeline: 49 Mbps
▪ Tele2: 34 Mbps

Best: Megaphone

2. Rozhdestvenskaya Street

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▪ MegaFon: 118 Mbps
▪ Tele2: 81 Mbps
▪ beeline: 80 Mbps
▪ MTS: 53 Mbps

Best: Megaphone

3. Nizhne-Volzhskaya embankment

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▪ MegaFon: 83 Mbps
▪ Tele2: 58 Mbps
▪ beeline: 34 Mbps
▪ MTS: 11 Mbps

Best: Megaphone

4. Minin and Pozharsky Square

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▪ MegaFon: 258 Mbps 🤯
▪ beeline: 111 Mbps
▪ Tele2: 90 Mbps
▪ MTS: 75 Mbps

Best: Megaphone

5. Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin

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▪ MTS: 180 Mbps
▪ Tele2: 121 Mbps
▪ MegaFon: 109 Mbps
▪ beeline: 94 Mbps

Best: MTS

6. Nizhny Novgorod Fair

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▪ MegaFon: 140 Mbps
▪ MTS: 72 Mbps
▪ Tele2: 27 Mbps
▪ beeline: 4 Mbps 😳

Best: Megaphone

7. Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

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▪ MegaFon: 153 Mbps
▪ MTS: 43 Mbps
▪ beeline: 43 Mbps
▪ Tele2: 5 Mbps 😳

Best: Megaphone

🎖Results

Fastest Internet: Megaphone
▸ 2nd place: MTS
▸ 3rd place: Tele2
▸ 4th place: beeline

Average download speeds (7 locations):
◦ MegaFon: 122 Mbps
◦ MTS: 71 Mbps
◦ beeline: 59 Mbps
◦ Tele2: 59 Mbps

Weighted positions by speeds (the lower the number, the better)
◦ MegaFon: 1, 1, 1, 1, 3, 1, 1 (9)
◦ MTS: 2, 3, 4, 4, 1, 2, 2 (18)
◦ Tele2: 4, 2, 2, 3, 2, 3, 4 (20)
◦ beeline: 3, 2, 3, 2, 4, 4, 3 (21)

MegaFon in Nizhny Novgorod showed the highest speed result – 258 megabits per second. This alone is not enough to be considered the best. But the first line in six out of seven tests was also taken by Mega. So the victory is undeniable.

In general (this applies to the rest of the trio), I still have big questions about the quality of mobile communication in Nizhny Novgorod. In 2022, in a large city, it is somehow wild to see 4, 5, 11 megabits on a city street. Moreover, there is no dense multi-storey building.

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Who did win?

Based on the results of more than a hundred tests in three cities, the leader in the top four operators is obvious.

The fastest mobile Internet in St. Petersburg, Kazan and Nizhny Novgorod is at MegaFon. Year after year, the operator ranks first in terms of average speeds in Russia, both according to our checks and according to OOKLA Speedtest.

The picture for other operators is also familiar. In second place is beeline – its speeds in cities are consistently high.

Third place for MTS. Deja vu? Finally, the last line from the “four” was occupied by Tele2. Unfortunately, this has not surprised anyone for five years now.

But! It is still too early to sum up the results across the country. First, in the next article we will compare these results with Moscow. So let’s define the ceiling of the current possibilities of cellular communication.

And secondly, we at the end of the month we will publish the results of our all-Russian mobile Internet speed test. There are already more than 15 thousand results from all major cities of the country.

Feel free to take part. Switch your smartphone to mobile Internet by disconnecting from Wi-Fi. And just click on this button:


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