So today finally my Reliance LTE wi-pod showed a green light in the network signal indicator which implied that Reliance had completed the migration process from the EvDO data card to the new LTE sim. For those of you who are new to the site, I live in Mumbai circle and most of my reviews are centred around Mumbai. So let me go ahead and give you the initial glimpses and the early impressions of Reliance 4G.
As you can see in the image above, it is a screenshot of the Web GUI of the new 4G LTE wi-pod and it now shows the network signal strength along with the connection timer and upload and download speed indicators in the status bar. The wi-pod only supports LTE platform and does not support fall back on HSPA+ network for areas with no LTE coverage.
The device is preconfigured to the Rcom APN settings and is set to auto network selection and auto connection, which means it is a simple plug and play device, of course you can configure your SSID and password for wifi if you choose to not use the defaults.
In the above image the centre pic shows the green light in the LTE signal strength indicator. The screenshot to the left is the speed test result of the Rcom 4G network performed using the Net Velocity enterprise app on my LG Nexus 5X connected to the 4G wi-pod and it shows a download speed of 15.5 Mbps and upload speed of 2.86 Mbps with a latency of 103 ms. On the right we have a screenshot of the speed test result of Jio 4G network again performed using the Net velocity enterprise app on my LG Nexus 5X connected to Jio Mi-Fi device and it shows a download speed of 13.83 Mbps and upload speed of 8.57 Mbps and latency of 142 ms. Both tests were performed at the same time of the day in the same physical location.
Since both Rcom and Jio are currently providing 4G using the same set of 1800 MHz(Band 3) and 2300 MHz(Band 40) airwaves in Mumbai their download speeds are nearly the same, though Jio’s upload speeds are considerably higher than Rcom’s. The 850 MHz(Band 5) LTE is yet to be launched by both operators once their spectrum (5 MHz each in Mumbai) are integrated with each other through spectrum sharing agreement to become contiguous and to fill the coverage gaps and provide blanket coverage in the commercial coverage.
Rcom will soon activate the LTE sims in the remaining circles as well. If your Rcom LTE sim got activated, do share your experiences and speed test results in the comments section below and do not forget to mention your circle.
Esmail is our very own in-house spectrum specialist. He is passionate about Telecom, DTH and OTT video streaming apps. When not writing an article, you can find him binge watching shows on Netflix while sipping on a cup of coffee.