India’s rank in LTE network improves, but not painting a rosy picture when compared to peers

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Albeit, there’s plenty of scope for improvement, India’s state of LTE network has improved from 50 in Q3 2015 to 36 in Q4 2015, says a study.
An Open Signal report says that “some countries like South Korea and Singapore have managed to build networks unrivalled in both technology and reliability, while others have mastered only one half of that network calculus. No other large countries have managed to build the vast 4G infrastructures the US and Japan have deployed, yet American and Japanese LTE networks can’t match the speed offered by most of the world’s 4G operators. Meanwhile smaller countries from New Zealand to Romania have built 4G networks of breathtaking quickness but with limited availability.”

When compared to other countries, the LTE coverage of India’s top operator Airtel is not up to the mark, with speeds lower than other nations. While in other countries, operators are offering speeds of 40-32 Mbps, the Indian operator is providing a maximum speed of 13 Mbps.

The duration of time an average user was able to connect to 4G LTE network of Airtel instead of 3G network in India stood at 49 percent. The report indicates that the company’s coverage in the country hasn’t improved over the past two quarters. It has not taken into account companies like Vodafone India, Idea most likely because of their late entrance into the LTE space.

OpenSignal has collected its data from millions of smartphone owners through its apps. For this report, it drew data from the hundreds of thousands of OpenSignal users that have LTE-capable phones and connect to operators with live 4G networks.

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Having over six years of experience in business journalism, Krishna has a knack for writing on telecom and IT. She believes that tryst with technology is the best thing that has ever happened to mankind. Krishna is a telecom analyst

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