JioFiber Witnessed 120.1% Increase in Download Speeds Over Fixed Broadband During Last 12 Months: Ookla

In the fixed broadband segment, India moved to 70th position with average download speeds of 30.74 Mbps amongst all providers and impressive 27.80 Mbps upload speeds

  • JioFiber commercial launch will start from September 5
  • Bharti Airtel is still the fastest 4G operator in India, according to Ookla

Broadband speed measurement firm Ookla on Thursday said it has found Bharti Airtel to be the fastest mobile broadband network, while speed on Reliance Jio network was the slowest in July. The report, compiled based on Speedtest Intelligence data collected by Ookla between August 2018 and July 2019, shows mobile broadband speed on the Vodafone Idea network has gradually improved. “Speedtest results show that mobile download speeds in India improved on average for all the top mobile operators throughout August 2018 – July 2019, with Airtel holding the title of fastest operator throughout these 12 months,” the report said. In the fixed broadband side of things, JioFiber is said to have witnessed the largest increase in mean download speeds at 120.1% among top providers during the same period.

Ookla Speed Test Results Doesn’t Match With Trai’s Recent Report

The report is in contrast to data published by telecom regulator Trai. The data compiled by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India shows Reliance Jio has consistently maintained the lead throughout the year in mobile broadband speed with more than double the speed of its nearest rival.

Ookla has measured the broadband performance of Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio in the study. According to the Speedtest Intelligence data, mobile download speeds for both Airtel and Jio started a decline after May 2019 and continued through July 2019.

Meanwhile, Vodafone saw a decline in mean mobile speed from November 2018 through January 2019, after which they recovered and showed a year-on-year improvement of 23.6%, according to the report.

“Mobile download speeds on Idea improved in every month except December 2018, for a year-over-year improvement of 51.2%. In comparison, Airtel’s download speed increased 7.7% during the same period and Jio’s download speed went up 10.8%,” the report said.

The speed chart in the report shows that data speed on Reliance Jio network declined after June and was taken over by data speed on the Idea network. Overall, the average mobile data download speed in India declined after May 2019, the report said.

JioFiber Witnesses Massive Improvement Over Other Providers

In the fixed-line segment, Ookla report found the highest increase in mean download speed on Jio network. “Jio saw the largest increase in mean download speed over fixed broadband among top providers during the past 12 months with a 120.1% increase. BSNL increased 74.2%, GTPL 32.1%, Airtel 23.8%, YOU Broadband 13.9%, and ACT Fibernet 12%,” the report said.

In the fixed broadband segment, India moved to 70th position with average download speeds of 30.74 Mbps amongst all providers and impressive 27.80 Mbps upload speeds. The data collected by Ookla is also during July 2018 and July 2019. For the unaware, Reliance Jio announced its FTTH broadband segment back in July 2018 itself and the trial runs began in August 2018.

With JioFiber all set to commercially launch on September 5, we’re expecting the fixed-line broadband speeds in India to rise even more, unlike the mobile broadband speeds. Almost all the broadband service providers in the country are now providing affordable 100 Mbps plans to lure more users on board. Reliance Jio confirmed that its JioFiber broadband plans with 100 Mbps base speed will start at around Rs 700. All the plans of JioFiber will be officially revealed on September 5.

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Today got this mail from Jio fiber team.

Jio’s 4G speed is the most pathetic. Mukesh Ambani should be ashamed of himself. Even though I am not a fan of Airtel, I hate to admit that Airtel’s 4G speeds are consistently 20-30 Mbps where as Jio is at 0.01 Mbps. Jio is a fake dead network to be frank.
Broadband side, Jio has a habit of blocking any random site and blame it on technical issue.


This is Airtel 4G at my place with full network strength. Airtel speeds get better on Ookla Speedtest. But on every other speedtest websites like, google stadia, etc. , it is pathetic.


same i was chanting since last 1 year…who rechrge jio are wasting their money to get 2g speed under the name of jio 4g


Your place is not whole country,so speak for your experience for your place only.

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru

Right! I recharged Jio for a whole year recently. The improvement in speeds and network coverage compared to last year in BengaLuru is terrific.


wait till auction.. once they get spectrum… avoid cartel will be crushed further!


@senthil LOL

Kiran Fernandes | Goa

Yeah man. I just can’t wait for the auctions. Been waiting for it since 2016.


Bsnl 3g speed is better than jio 4g.


I’ll prefer not to use BSNL slow internet at any cost. Jio is giving me best speed.

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru

I have to keep searching for BSNL 3G coverage sites inside the city itself. Threw my BSNL sim away.


Airtel is slow. That’s why, Airtel is losing its customers to Jio. A slow network will always lose its customers. And a fast network like Jio will always gain those lost by Airtel like loser network. I’m getting 3MB/s to 5MB/s in Jio. Sometimes I have got 10MB/s. Airtel speed is 50KB/s. LOL! Airtel = BSNL. Both are too slow.


And what’s the reason of bigger ARPU on Airtel despite of subscribers getting added on Jio?


Don’t underestimate the power of Indian customers. If you trouble & cheat them, they can bring you down too.
Airtel is a cheater network. Except this, everything I disagree.

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru

ARPU is not the same as revenue or profits.


We will see what happens in next year or one and half year. Jio might be launching 5G network and adding spectrum to their 4G portfolio but things won’t improve much. It will remain at 10-15Mbps speeds at the most. Even if Mukesh increases prices(which I think it’s nearby than ever), I wont be seeing speeds upwards of 50Mbps. With Gigafiber rolling out in next couple of years,I don’t see any need of mobile internet much and then speeds will start riding from 2021. I hope Vodafone-Idea exists by then. There are some positive signs we are able to see… Read more »


Mukesh doesn’t care as long as people pay. It will only get worse as he tries to reach 500 million subscribers. In fact, he could have made more or less the same money while providing better service if he had charged a reasonable Rs 300 per month for 5Gb data and 3000 free minutes. He could have had 100 million subscribers but would have made more money and it wouldn’t have led to so many job losses with companies like Aircel, Tata Dpcomo, Reliance Communications and Maxis closing down.

Sudhakar Tamilnadu Original

Yes, you lost your job. So you are worried too much.
But Jio earning much better than your Airtel.
Airtel is a loser.

Airtel posts its first quarterly loss in 14 years. Bharti Airtel posts Rs2,866 crore loss in Q1FY20, against Rs97 crore profit in the year earlier.

Kiran Fernandes | Goa

Aircel and docomo were barely keeping their head above the water with 2g and 3g and they wouldn’t have had enough money to spend on 4G, 5g and beyond with little but patchy coverage across India. Same for Rcom. Their downfall was evident. Mukesh just showed them the door as quickly as possible. We need just 3 or 4 players in the market. Spectrum is already in shortage, and more players means everyone getting just 5MHz in every band, which isn’t enough. As long as Jio has half of the mobile subscriber market, that’s more than enough. Think about it…… Read more »


When 500 millions will pay 125 ARPU to Jio, Airtel won’t stay at 150 for sure.

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru

I say he should have made 300rs per 1GB and reaped in tons of profits.

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru

Yeah, Mukesh Ambani should be ashamed of himself. Indians were happy paying 240-300rs per GB with insanely high speeds of 10-300 Kbps 4G in pre-Jio era. Jio needs to be shut down so that the AVOID cartel can make Indians happy again.

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