We have found the fastest operator in Russia. The result is impressive

We have completed the all-Russian test of mobile Internet speed and are ready to share its results. The previous one iPhones.ru carried out 2 years ago.

This time more than 25 thousand people took part in it and found out what their telecom operator is capable of.

Thanks to them, we have found the best operator in Russia in terms of mobile Internet speed. And not only that.

How we made this test


These are general test statistics that include other countries and all types of providers.

We used a well-known and accessible service OOKLA Speedtest Custom… If anything, his company OOKLA owns the site and service Speedtest, the world’s most popular ways to measure Internet speeds.

Speedtest Custom provided us with a test module, which was posted on iPhones.ru and collected the results of all comers during exactly 3 weeks – from 1 to 22 June.

Each test carried out was automatically entered into nameplate on a cloud server. This table formed the basis of the final statistics, and it is very convenient to work with it.

What data did we see through the OOKLA test


You can click to view in more detail.

The tablet, which we received every 24 hours from OOKLA, contained enough information for each test, and it was easy to draw conclusions on it:

▪ User country

▪ User region

▪ User city

▪ Incomplete IP address

▪ Altitude and longitude of the location (approximate)

▪ Operator

▪ User’s browser and its version

▪ user-agent of the user

▪ Technical name of the operator

▪ User operating system

▪ Download speed, upload speed and latency

▪ Unique identifier of the result

These 29 plus thousand records we kept in a safe place and will not be given to anyone, including operators. And there is no point in worrying: there is no data in the table that effectively identifies you personally.

1. Which operator in Russia has the fastest mobile Internet


Clickable. Data: Speedtest by OOKLA, июнь 2021, iPhones.ru

1) Won Megaphone.
Download speed: 46 Mbps
Upload speed: 13.5 Mbps

2) Runner-up for Beeline.
Download speed: 34 Mbps
Upload speed: 13.7 Mbps

3) The third position is occupied by MTS.
Download speed: 33.1 Mbps
Upload speed: 13.4 Mbps

4) The last one was Tele2.
Download speed: 23.4 Mbps
Upload speed: 8.3 Mbps

Comment: MegaFon has been the leader in download speed tests for several years in a row, and an independent measurement across the country in 2021 confirms this. The gap from the second line and subsequent ones is very large, and such a small modernization of networks cannot catch up.

Beeline broke into second place in two years, and here we can congratulate them – the initiatives to improve coverage and upgrade equipment, launched in 2019, made themselves felt. MTS lagged slightly in the test, but what we have is what we have.

Finally, there has been nothing to say about Tele2 for many years now, these statistics cannot be envied when looking at the rest of the standings.

What are the results on average in Russia


Clickable. Data: Speedtest by OOKLA, июнь 2021, iPhones.ru

Results for all measurements, including home Internet:

▹ Download speed: 55.2 Mbps
▹ Upload speed: 40.4 Mbps

Results only for TOP-4 mobile operators in Russia:

▸ Download speed: 34.1 Mbps
▸ Upload speed: 12.2 Mbps

Comment: Like two years ago, upload speed remains one of the key weaknesses in mobile networks. Recall that it affects the upload of information from the device – for example, sending a video to your Instagram account.

5G networks could improve the situation.

Nevertheless, the mobile Internet (at least in terms of download speed) continues to approach the average, but home. And this is very good.

Just remember that each case is still unique. Signal reception is different everywhere, and when changing the operator, first of all, make sure that it catches corny well in your frequently visited places.

How many results were included in the test


Clickable. Data: Speedtest by OOKLA, июнь 2021, iPhones.ru

The layout is as follows:

▪️ Megaphone: 5323
▪️ MTS: 4600
▪️ Beeline: 3360
▪️ Tele2: 1803

In total, the table includes 29,058 test results… Of these, 15086 turned out to be useful.

Comment: Based on the testing tasks, slightly less than 14 thousand records were rejected from the table, that is, about 47%. These are measurements from other countries, without geolocation, and also taken via iCloud Private Relay.

The latter is a new feature of iOS 15 (still in beta) and Apple’s paid iCloud subscriptions. She effectively hid the location and operator of those who measured it even from OOKLA – instead of real data, foreign IPs and incorrect service providers (Cloudflare and Fastly) went into the table.

There were relatively few such data, but the perspective is clear already now. Repeating such a test in the future, with similar efficiency and utility, will become much more difficult if at least half of iPhone owners switch to iOS 15 this fall / winter and use iCloud Private Relay.

What is the average speed in the largest cities of Russia


Clickable. Data: Speedtest by OOKLA, июнь 2021, iPhones.ru

Moscow: 36.1 Mbps download, 15.2 Mbps upload

St. Petersburg: 36.5 Mbps download, 16.2 Mbps upload

Novosibirsk: 28.7 Mbps download, 10.3 Mbps upload

Yekaterinburg: 31.6 Mbps download, 11.2 Mbps upload

Kazan: 29.6 Mbps download, 12.1 Mbps upload

Nizhny Novgorod: 37.6 Mbps upload, 12.1 Mbps upload

Chelyabinsk: 39.3 Mbps download, 26.2 Mbps upload

Samara: 28.5 Mbps download, 12 Mbps upload

Omsk: 32 Mbps download, 11.6 Mbps upload

Rostov-on-Don: 27.9 Mbps download, 11.4 Mbps upload

Comment: The situation in some cities, and especially in Chelyabinsk, is even better than in Moscow and St. Petersburg. It’s great that of the dozens of major cities, none have demonstrated download speeds below 25 Mbps – a comfortable threshold.

Other curious facts

Lowest result: 37 kbps (52 kbps for upload) in Shilovo, in the Moscow region. Made from a smartphone running Android 4.1.2. Respect to the owner that I was somehow able to open both our site and the test in such conditions.

Highest score: 1.43 Gbps (1.42 Gbps for upload) in Moscow from a Samsung smartphone. And yes, the internet was mobile because …

Someone took measurements on Russian 5G. Mostly from Samsung smartphones. For the purity of the experiment, we had to disregard these results in the calculations for the operators. Indeed, for the mass public, 5G networks in Russia are still inaccessible. It’s a pity.

The most unusual device: Someone measured the speed with Windows Phone 8.1, three times. The speed, by the way, roughly corresponded to the system number. Greetings from the past.


Clickable. Data: Speedtest by OOKLA, июнь 2021, iPhones.ru

It’s useless to explain: Despite the fact that we everywhere and even caps asked to turn off Wi-Fi before measuring the speed, more than 15% of the measurements had to be rejected for this very reason.

When every second counts: 0.5% of participants could not wait for the upload speed test to end (it lasts less than 10 seconds) and fled the page.

The vast majority of iPhone owners are on iOS 14… There are also older versions of firmware, but in comparison with the rest of the results, there are very few of them. Second place for iOS 13, third place for iOS 12. Predictable.

Most Android smartphone owners have Android 10 installed. Second place for Android 11. Followed by Android 9.

Now what?

The results speak for themselves. They will help you assess the real capabilities of mobile operators when choosing a SIM card.

I hope that next time we do the same test in a couple of years, 5G will be rolling out in the country. And instead of a few dozens megabits new charts will be full of previously unseen hundreds.

Thanks to everyone who took part and checked their operator on iPhones.ru!


Source: iPhones.ru — Новости высоких технологий, обзоры смартфонов, презентации Apple by www.iphones.ru.

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