As December approaches, the anticipation of Reliance Jio’s commercial launch starts to heat up. Like every year around this time of the year subscribers become more hopeful and optimistic about the launch of an operator which has been predicted to grossly change the dynamics of the Indian telecom industry. But unlike the yesteryears this year has seen an official announcement by Jio about commercial launch at least in key markets by December 2015.
We thought it would be best to give our readers an exclusive first look at Jio 4G service running on LG Spirit LTE handset which has just been launched in India by LG through an exclusive partnership with Reliance retail. As you can see in the status bar just to the left of the network signal bars is a symbol indicating VoLTE which shows that Jio network is VoLTE capable to support HD voice quality and the phone also supports VoWifi which is another cool feature which will be deployed by Jio where an ongoing call will seamlessly switch over from LTE network outdoors to Wifi network indoors as and when it is available. VoWifi also ensures connectivity in tricky areas like offices in basements where there is no cellphone network coverage but has a wifi network setup.
We decided to subject Jio LTE network to a speed test and find out if it meets our expectations.
As you can see in the screenshots, the download speeds ranged from 34.43 to 35.52 Mbps while the upload speeds ranged from 6.88 to 7.01 Mbps and latency ranged between 61 to 62 milliseconds. The speed test results were pretty impressive but then again at this point Jio’s towers are not crowded by subscribers and the actual picture may change after commercial launch when the contention ratio changes.