- Reliance Jio GigaFiber's position remains unchanged for 8 consecutive months
- Although there has been a decline in the speed of the ISP in the last few months
There are a few major reports in India, which decide the ranking of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and give us an idea at large about the situation of speed, service reliability and more. One of such reports is the Netflix ISP Index, and unlike other reports, it has a unique way of measuring speeds. The Netflix ISP Index is a measure of Netflix Prime Time performance on particular internet service providers. This is what sets this test from Netflix apart from other tests which calculate the performance of ISPs on different parameters. Now, Netflix has released the ISP Index report for April, and we can see the ranks of various ISPs in India. And Reliance Jio GigaFiber is leading the chart for the eight consecutive time.
Reliance Jio GigaFiber Ranks First
The first noticeable thing on the Netflix ISP Index Leader board is the top position of Reliance Jio GigaFiber. However, there is also one interesting thing to note, and that is the reduction of speed for Reliance Jio GigaFiber. Under the fibre category, Reliance Jio was providing 3.49 Mbps of speed to its customers during Netflix Prime Time as opposed to the previous speed of 3.57 Mbps in the last measure, and this was through a fibre connection only. There was a decline of almost 0.08 Mbps in the speed, but Reliance Jio maintained its lead.
Airtel Ranks Fourth on Netflix ISP Index April 2019
On the second and third number, we have Spectranet and 7 Star Digital with 3.43 Mbps and 3.41 Mbps. Now in the previous rankings, the situation was reversed for the second and third rank, as Spectranet was on the third number and 7 Star Digital scored the second rank. Finally, on the fourth rank, we get to see the major Indian telecom operator, Airtel with an average speed of 3.29 Mbps during Netflix Prime Time closely followed by Atria Convergence Technologies (ACT Fibernet) on fifth place with 3.16 Mbps speed.
BSNL and MTNL Occupy 13th and 14th Place
Other major players like YOU Broadband were ranked at sixth place with an average Netflix Prime Time speed of 3.04 Mbps. Hathway, which is a major broadband and DTH provider, stands at the seventh position on the Netflix ISP Index charts with an average speed of 2.97 Mbps. Alliance Broadband, which is also another popular name in the broadband service provider sector, secured the 11th position, which remains unchanged right now with an average speed of 2.54 Mbps. Lastly, state-led telecom operators, BSNL and MTNL rank 13th and 14th on the list with 1.97 Mbps for BSNL and 1.88 Mbps for MTNL.
Key Takeaway from Netflix ISP Index April 2019
The crucial thing to note from the Netflix ISP Index of April 2019, is the prominence of Reliance Jio GigaFiber. Even before the commercial launch of the service, the Mukesh Ambani led telecom operator is asserting its dominance in the broadband sector. Now although the speeds are expected to decline for GigaFiber once the service is rolled out to more and more customers and as the network bandwidth is shared, still the FTTH service has been expected to bring heavily increased competition in the sector. There is also a chance that we might see Spectranet surpass the speeds of GigaFiber in the coming months given the current trend.
Arpit spends his day closely following the telecom and tech industry. A music connoisseur and a night owl, he also takes a deep interest in the Indian technology start-up scene and spends rest of his time spilling poetry and stories on paper.