India has a Decent 4G LTE Coverage, But the Speeds are Unacceptable: OpenSignal Report

India is standing at 15th position in the global 4G availability list released by OpenSingal. The OpenSignal’s State of LTE report states that India’s has 81.6 percent of LTE coverage, up from 71.6 percent in the last quarter and 24th rank last quarter. OpenSignal claims that the sudden leap in the overall coverage of India is due to the newcomer Reliance Jio.

Out of the 75 countries where OpenSignal ran its report, India is in 15th position, while South Korea acquires the top position with 96.38 percent LTE coverage. India shot up our LTE availability rankings, reflecting a rare instance in which a single operator can have an outsized impact on a mobile market in just a short time. Jio’s nationwide 4G launch in September attracted 100 million LTE subscribers, making 4G services far more accessible in India but at the expense of lower average speeds.” says the report.


As said earlier, Reliance Jio is the chief architect of India’ sudden rise in the rankings. “Most of that improvement can be attributed to a single operator: Reliance Jio. In our most recent India report, we measured Jio’s 4G availability at more than 90%, while the other major operators all fell below 60% availability in our tests,” said OpenSignal in the report.

While Reliance Jio solves the LTE coverage issue, the operator is not able to increase India’s ranking in the LTE speed segment though. OpenSignal says “But while signals may be plentiful in India, capacity isn’t. India has some of the slowest LTE speeds in the world.”

India’s average LTE speed is 5.14 Mbps and is standing in the 74th position in the list. The only country below India is Costa Rica with the same average LTE speed of 5.14 Mbps. The average LTE download speed of India has dropped from 6.1 Mbps from last quarter, which is a huge letdown.


The LTE download speed chart is led by Singapore with 45.62 Mbps average speed. Only four countries across the world have average LTE speed more than 40 Mbps- Singapore, South Korea, Hungary, and Norway, while 45 countries appeared with speed more than 20 Mbps in the list.

“It’s been six months since OpenSignal published its last State of LTE report, and in those half-dozen months, the world’s 4G players haven’t been idle. Operators around the world have been expanding and upgrading their 4G infrastructures, adding more LTE customers and in some cases launching their first 4G services. While the usual suspects still dominate our rankings in LTE speed and availability, just below the top tier we see several interesting trends. The Jio-inspired 4G revolution in India has sent that country rocketing up our availability charts. Eastern Europe has emerged as a hotbed for powerful LTE connections. And several countries in Western Europe have started shedding their reputation for limited 4G reach” explains the report.

For the OpenSignal State of LTE report, the firm has parsed more than 19 billion measurements collected by 558,260 smartphone and smart device users to compare 4G speed and availability in 75 countries. While more than 75 countries have LTE services today, OpenSignal chose to include the countries for which they had enough data to provide a meaningful analysis.

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Abhishek chatterjee
June 9, 2017 8:40 pm 8:40 PM

USA, UK, Europe countries, China koi bhi country se 4G slow ho koi fark nhi parta..

but sab se kharab baat yeh hai ki isbar INDIA ki 4G speed pakisthan se slow ho gaya.. 😀 😀

porkisthan se INDIA kisi bhi chiz me piche nhi hona chahiye bas, chahe 4G speed ho, ya cricket ya war.. 😀 😀

June 8, 2017 9:33 pm 9:33 PM

Everything will settle in two years for Jio !!! I don’t see any chances of improvements over next one year itself!!!!!!

Kirit Patel
June 8, 2017 11:28 am 11:28 AM

Can anyone Jio Tech. expert explain for my following question ?

1. Newly installed Jio tower near my home connected through microwave instead of fiber backhaul as i heard about that Most of Jio tower connected through fiber back haul, so this tower will be connected via fiber backhaul or not?

2. Signal strength is very weak indoor as all time above -95 dbm, RSRQ and SINR in red, even distance of tower from my home only just 60-70 mtr., what’s going wrong with jio tower?

adil wadia
June 8, 2017 2:10 pm 2:10 PM
you are too close and nearly under the antenna. The towers have directional antennas, and you are under the antenna ! Microwave or Fiber backhaul will make a difference depending on the load and peak usage on the cell site. I live next to a railway line, and everytime a passenger train passes the tower the internet slows down, when the train has passed the distance to the next tower about 3 km away my speed goes back to normal. The tower in question has microwave backhaul. The tower in question is about 200 meters from my house, but my… Read more »
Sunny | Lucknow
June 8, 2017 12:20 pm 12:20 PM
Being too close to the tower becomes disadvantageous, 50m is too close and the strongest signals are virtually passing above you, missing your location. These transcievers aren’t omnidirectional but radiate the waves in an arc pattern. But anyway even if you’re getting -95 dbm on band 40, you can get 40-50 Mbps indoors with fiber backhaul. Depends on the load in your area. But with parameters like RSRQ & SINR in red, that won’t be possible. Whether this tower will be get fiber backhaul or not, depends on Jio. If other towers nearby have fiber backhaul, then this will get… Read more »
June 8, 2017 8:07 pm 8:07 PM
I have a Question regarding optical fibte which is connected to the jio towers / small cell as I was able to record more then 100Mbps speed near a small cell. I did a speed test on Jio’s own netvelocity app and the download speed recorded was 400Mbps while upload speed was 9Mbps. I dont know how this was possible. Maybe there was some minor glitch with the speed but yes I was able to record 400Mbps as download. Do Jio engineer set up such parameters when setting up the small cell so that the max band with is 100mbps… Read more »
Sunny | Lucknow
June 9, 2017 12:50 am 12:50 AM

Wow that’s insane speed…why don’t you share the screenshot for our viewing pleasure? This can happen only if one person is connected and using all the available bandwidth from that cell. Which phone you got? 400 Mbps is quite a lot to handle.

June 9, 2017 7:44 am 7:44 AM

Here u go. I’m using the LG G5. Even if I assume if only a single person is connected to the small cell 400Mbps is way too much speed. As u can see in the image the max speed the needle reached was 656Mbps before coming back on 400Mbps. Was curious to know if Jio engineers put a cap on the available bandwidth as the small cell was cinjected by Jio’s fibre optic cable and they normally have a very good throughput. Even the small cell is capable of delivering such high speeds

Sunny | Lucknow
June 9, 2017 5:21 pm 5:21 PM

Lol this is stuff of dreams. Capacity of fiber optic cable is in Gbps so it is not impossible for you to get these speeds from the small cell given the available bandwidth is not being shared by multiple users. Is the cell still giving such speeds now that’s operational? Do you have an image of the small cell?

I don’t think they cap speeds, that’ll only degrade user experience. Speeds mostly depend on the load on the tower.

June 9, 2017 7:01 pm 7:01 PM

The small cell is operational but I dont have any pic. It was only once I was able to record such high speed. I did do few more speed test but then speeds were hovering somewhere near 80 – 90Mbps.

Given the fibre optic is capable of delivering such high speeds the bandwidth is definitely capped to a certain limit.

Kirit Patel
June 9, 2017 12:25 pm 12:25 PM

What a speed..! Yaha to iski 3% bhi nahi aa rahi hai

Kirit Patel
June 8, 2017 3:02 pm 3:02 PM

Thanx Sunny

Sunny | Lucknow
June 8, 2017 4:44 pm 4:44 PM

Forgot to add that despite living close to the tower, if you’re on a higher floor then it doesn’t matter and you should get good signals. People living on ground floor level and very close to the tower face the issue I mentioned previously. I had a similar problem and the engineer eventually had to increase the downtilt (very minor change) and Bam! Overnight I started getting outdoors like signal strength indoors and speeds shot up as well.

June 8, 2017 8:22 pm 8:22 PM

these are electrical and mechanical tilts

Kirit Patel
June 8, 2017 6:14 pm 6:14 PM

Sunny, how & whom to i can complain? because directly i will not able to contact Jio Engineer.

Sunny | Lucknow
June 9, 2017 12:39 am 12:39 AM

I got hold of Jio RF team during preview offer days in last June. Did nothing special but kept raising complaints about the issue until they took the matter seriously. They were rather free at that time but things must have changed now. I think if you’re getting 4-5 Mbps, they won’t act on your complaint because they consider that to be okay speed in heavily populated areas. If you’re getting decent speeds then no point worrying about what signal stats Netvelocity shows.