Netflix has revamped its ISP Speed Index website after several months of inactivity, and it mirrors the results of the past six months, with Jio Fiber topping the charts last month. Jio Fiber reached an average speed of 3.8 Mbps in December 2020, along with other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like 7 Star Digital, Airtel Xstream Fiber, ACT Fibernet, and Tata Sky Broadband. Netflix has updated its ISP Speed Index site with a new look. The company says the index is calculated with a new performance metric to make it compatible with the changing landscape of streaming and encoding.
While Jio Fiber offered an average speed of 3.8 Mbps in November and December on the Netflix ISP Speed Index site, the second in line 7 Star Digital offered an average speed of 3.6 Mbps in December 2020 and an average speed 3.4 Mbps in November. Airtel XStream Fiber, Tata Sky Broadband, and ACT Fibernet all offered an average speed of 3.6 Mbps in November and December of last year.
Netflix’s new and improved ISP Speed Index offers average speed data for the last six months from major ISPs in India. The state-run BSNL and MTNL are last on the list with average speeds of 3 Mbps and 2.4 Mbps, respectively, for the month of December. Netflix data suggests MTNL did its all-time worst in September with an average speed of just 1.4 Mbps.
Explaining in detail how the new performance metric works, Netflix said, “The ISP Speed Index is designed to measure which ISPs provide the best Netflix streaming experience during prime time. Previously, the way we measured ISP performance meant that two ISPs that deliver the same megabits per second (Mbps) could still have different quality experiences depending on the device used to watch. The new performance metric takes into account the differences between the devices and encoding schemes each member uses and the Netflix plan they have. Essentially we’re asking ourselves: if all things were equal (excluding cell traffic), how would ISP speeds compare? “
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