Bharti Airtel’s average download speed increased nearly by two fold to 8.42Mbps in January: TRAI

As per the latest data revealed by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Bharti Airtel, at 8.43Mbps, records highest average download speed on a mobile network for January 2017. It is worth mentioning that Airtel’s average mobile data speed nearly doubled to 8.42Mbps from 4.68Mbps. Also, it is the third time in the past five months (since September) when Airtel topped the TRAI’s average download speed report.


Reliance Jio’s average download speed, on the other hand, has reduced to 8.34Mbps from 18.14Mbps peak speed it recorded in December last year. Clearly, Jio’s last month’s average download speed is diminished by more than half of what it registered in December.

Other networks like Vodafone and Idea have witnessed an increase in download speed in January in comparison to speed in December. Vodafone recorded and average download speed of 6.8Mbps (from 6.7Mbps), and Idea registered 6.62Mbps which is a modest improvement from 5Mbps.

BSNL, the state-run network’s average download speed, on the other hand, decreased to 3.16Mbps in January from 3.42Mbps in December.

TRAI makes use of the MySpeed app to collect the download speeds of various networks from mobile data subscribers in the country and calculate the average download speeds on real time basis.

Also Read: Airtel tops Netflix’s ISP Speed Index for January 2017; RCom settles down at 8th position

Airtel’s 4G download speeds have also topped a Credit Suisse report published in February recording close to 12Mbps based on its study conducted across over 30 cities.

“Jio, Vodafone, and Idea are close to each other (7-8Mbps). We suspect Jio’s speeds are impacted by the high load on the network in the free offer period. Jio carries over 90% of all data traffic in the country currently while we believe their network capacity share is closer to 35%” the report said.

Also Read: Airtel Expands its Future Ready 4G Network Across 400 Towns of Maharashtra and Goa

Besides, Bharti Airtel has also been regarded as the fastest internet service provider in the country for January 2017 by Netflix in its ISP Speed Index rating.

From the above, it is clear that Bharti Airtel is offering fierce competition to Reliance Jio, the latest entrant in the telecom scene in the country. What do you think? Will Jio be able to dethrone Airtel from its top position anytime soon? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below.

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February 18, 2017 1:48 am 1:48 AM

In CANADA Virgin Mobile LTE network 100MBPS network
Sadly they dont offer LTE+ in our locality

Today 12:18 AM

Article is about India… you got lost on the way and strayed into Canada or what???

February 18, 2017 1:45 am 1:45 AM

In Canada via Virgin Mobile LTE
LTE+ offers more than 100Mbps

This is it
February 17, 2017 5:06 pm 5:06 PM

Airtel’s average download speed increased nearly by two fold —— so does it mean that their subscriber base reduced by two third ?

[…] Bharti Airtel’s average download speed increased nearly by two fold to 8.42Mbps in January: TRAI […]

Gautam Dave (NCR)
February 17, 2017 11:59 am 11:59 AM

Off Topic: I got Rs. 145 offer from Airtel giving benefit of 0.5 GB Data / Day along with unlimited airtel to airtel call. However my Data is not working because I have activated STOP @ 1925 to prevent my main account deduction incase of overage. Looks intention of Airtel is to deduct main account balance in case of overage. They have stopped my internet itself. Looks it is ill intention of Airtel, Requesting you all not to recharge with this offer.

February 17, 2017 9:31 pm 9:31 PM

in latest android
data limit option & data saver (firewall) available use it.

Gautam Dave (Delhi)
February 18, 2017 12:54 pm 12:54 PM

Thanks Karti can you provide more details.

Gautam Dave (Delhi)
February 18, 2017 12:53 pm 12:53 PM

Thanks Marti can you provide more details.

February 17, 2017 10:54 am 10:54 AM

Don’t know about others but I still get around 5MBps download speed on Jio which is around 40Mbps.

Tapan Bhanot
February 17, 2017 10:53 am 10:53 AM

Yes AirTel speed has increased because 50% of their user base have moved to jio and that’s why jio s speed is reduced. Jio should start charging to get rid of leechers or muftkhors ASAP.

Love Airtel
February 18, 2017 7:06 pm 7:06 PM

Nonsense. Read the latest subscribers report from today and see that Airtel has added 4 million additional subscribers this month and their number of users has INCREASED to 270 million.

S Tiwari
February 17, 2017 10:36 am 10:36 AM

There is no increase in speed for any operator,people are buying Jio Sim using free data and no data consumption for others therefore increase in speed for Airtel/Idea and Vodafone as ther are less users using their data

February 17, 2017 6:20 pm 6:20 PM


February 17, 2017 10:01 am 10:01 AM

Today jio speed

Today 2:57 PM

That screen shot was of 6:18am. Hardly anyone will be awake to use the internet at that time.
You seem to be in a less populated area and right next to the tower to get such good RSRP RSRQ SINR and RSSI

February 17, 2017 9:35 pm 9:35 PM

what smartphone ?
in less population area.?
in morning that speed .am not able to believe.

in night i am getting 36 mbps.

February 17, 2017 8:29 pm 8:29 PM

Are you standing below the tower?


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