Reliance Jio, the latest entrant in the telecom scene in the country, has once again topped the TRAI’s average download speed results. At 16.48Mbps, the average download speeds recorded by Mukesh Ambani’s telco was almost double of what its arch-rivals, Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular managed to achieve in March says TRAI’s report.
As per PTI's report, Idea cellular achieved 8.33Mbps download speeds in March while Bharti Airtel recorded average download speeds of 7.66Mbps during the same period according to TRAI.
On the other hand, Vodafone and Reliance Communications have recorded average download speeds of 5.66Mbps and 2.64Mbps respectively while Tata Docomo and the state-run BSNL registered 2.52Mbps and 2.26Mbps.
Aircel stood last in the TRAI’s results with average download speeds of 2.01Mbps.
For those who are wondering, TRAI collects and computes data download speed with the help of its MySpeed application on a real-time basis.
On the flip side, OpenSignal, a private firm conducted a survey on mobile network download speeds in two of the major cities in India: Delhi and Mumbai alongside a couple of states which include Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Interestingly, it revealed that Bharti Airtel offered faster 4G download speeds at 11.5Mbps. Vodafone India and Idea Cellular were at second and third spots respectively with average 4G download speeds of 8.59Mbps and 8.34Mbps while Jio managed to secure the fourth position with 3.92Mbps speed.
However, Jio was on top for the widest availability of 4G network in India. "OpenSignal's testers on Jio's network were able to find a 4G signal 91.6 percent of the time, an exceptional availability measurement by any global standard. In comparison, no other Indian operator scored higher than 60 percent in its 4G availability tests," OpenSignal said in a statement.
"The findings reveal that Airtel didn't just win OpenSignal's 4G speed award, it wound up on top of 3G and overall rankings as well. OpenSignal measured Airtel's average LTE download speed at 11.5Mbps, which was 3Mbps faster than the results measured on its nearest rivals Vodafone and Idea," it added.
As part of the survey, OpenSignal claimed that it collected information from 1,306,005,242 datapoints covering 93,464 users. The survey was conducted between December 2016 and February 2017.