Despite witnessing a slight drop in the average 4G download speeds, Reliance Jio has been topping the charts of the 4G download speed tests being conducted by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). As per the Trai data, Jio averaged the download speed of 20.3 Mbps, which is a decline from October’s 22.3 Mbps. It is worth noting that this entire year, Reliance Jio has witnessed fluctuating averages for the download speeds with speeds rising and falling every next month. However, the telecom operator has not yet touched its high of 25.6 Mbps which it had registered last year.
Reliance Jio Tops the Chart of 4G Average Download Speeds
The second-ranking telecom operator in India, Bharti Airtel managed to rank second in the download speed charts as well in November. Airtel improved its download speeds this month as it averaged 9.7 Mbps as opposed to the 9.5 Mbps download speed last month. Unlike Reliance Jio’s download speeds which have seen a great deal of deviation from the average every other month, Airtel’s download speeds have remained inside the 9-10 Mbps mark.
Another thing to note in the Trai speed testing data is that despite the merger of Vodafone and Idea, Trai still shares separate data for these companies. This month’s 4G download speeds report put Vodafone on the third rank with an average speed of 6.8 Mbps, which is a marginal improvement from last month’s speed of 6.6 Mbps. On the other hand, Idea Cellular’s average download speeds witnessed a decline from 6.4 Mbps to 6.2 Mbps.
Idea Cellular Maintains Rank in Upload Speed Charts
What’s remarkably surprising is that the operator which ranks rather behind in terms of download speeds stays ahead of others in the upload speed averages. According to the Trai data, Idea Cellular again emerged as the winner in the 4G upload speeds by averaging 5.6 Mbps speed in November. On the second spot, Trai placed Vodafone which averaged 4.9 Mbps upload speed. Reliance Jio registered an average of 4.5 Mbps in upload speeds, whereas Airtel stood at 4 Mbps. While Vodafone and Airtel improved their upload speeds, Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio witnessed a decline in their upload speeds.
It’s worth noting that Trai uses the data collected by the MySpeed application to report these rankings. In a similar development, India ranked at 111th position in the November SpeedTest Index from Ookla in the mobile data speed chart with the average standing just at 9.93 Mbps in download speed. The fixed broadband speed, however, fared better in the rankings and managed to get the 65th position. The remarkable thing was that India showed the biggest jump in fixed broadband speeds among all the other countries in the ranking.
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