The telecom regulatory authority of India has put Reliance Jio ahead of all other operators in terms of average download speeds offered on 4G technology. According to report published in ET, Reliance Jio offered average download speeds of about 19 Mbps leaving other operators way behind in the race. Jio was followed by Aditya Birla’s Idea Cellular, which recently did a pan-India rollout of its 4G services with the 2100 MHz frequency band. Idea offered average download speeds of about 13.7 Mbps.
The third spot was taken by Vodafone India, lagging behind Idea by a small margin. Vodafone’s download speeds were averaged at 13.3 Mbps. Airtel, which had recently claimed that their network is the fastest secured the last spot, with 10.15 Mbsp download speed. Airtel had put forth the numbers provided by Ookla’s speedtest, back in January.
However, the rankings altered when it comes to upload speeds over the 4G network. Idea Cellular was the fastest with 8.45 Mbps followed by Vodafone at 7.3 Mbps and Jio at 5.3 Mbps. Airtel again was slowest with 4.6 Mbps upload speeds. The upload speed matters when you are uploading content on the Internet, such as your photos or videos.
The trends published on the myspeed.trai.gov.in website hint that Jio’s performance has improved already, averaging about 19.123 Mbps in the month of May while Idea has retained its second position at 13.709 Mbps. We’ve been hearing the news that Jio is very serious about improving their network and has planned to install ~90,000 cell towers all over India; to improve the coverage.
That said, in order to compete with the threat from Reliance Jio, Idea Cellular and Vodafone India have announced a merger to create India’s largest telecom operator. The entity would then command 35% telecom market share in India.
We’d like to know from our fellow engineers about their experience of using various mobile networks in India. Do share your location and the average download/upload speed your are getting on your network.