TRAI’s MySpeed App Test Results are Not Accurate Says a New Report

Yesterday, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India released the speed test results of its MySpeed App for the month of May 2017. And guess what: for the fifth consecutive time, Reliance Jio came on top beating incumber operators such as Vodafone, Idea Cellular, and Bharti Airtel hands down. Every month, we publish this report of TRAI, but most of our readers outrage us saying that the results are inaccurate and some even say they’re false results because they are plagued with slow data speeds (you can check the comments for these claims).


And a new report from Medianama says that these speed test results are inaccurate and you can’t judge Jio as the fastest 4G network in India based on these results. The report says that “TRAI does not disclose sample size number and this is the biggest reason as to why consumers shouldn’t be making a decision based on TRAI data.”

Furthermore, it says that the “data comes directly from MySpeed app, which currently has between 1 million to 5 million app installs via Play Store. MySpeed app test results represent a very insignificant portion of the 1.01 billion active connections in India. Also note that there were at least 4 million new active mobile additions in April, which is almost same or possibly more than the total number of MySpeed app installs on Android.”

Also, do make a note that the TRAI data does not include the test results of Mi-Fi or 4G hotspot devices, which is another thing to consider. “As of April 2017, there were 265.43 million mobile broadband users in India, and this number released by TRAI counts phone and dongle users together. Note that Jio itself has been pricing its Mi-Fi devices at attractive rates to push up dongle usage,” cites the report.

It also claims that Reliance Jio download speeds are way higher at night times, compared to the morning ones. This might be due to less number of data users at night times.

If you recall, Airtel was rated as the fastest network in India by credible speed test service Ookla and OpenSignal. Ookla did not mention the exact achieved by Bharti Airtel, but OpenSignal report claimed that Airtel has average download speed touching 11.5 Mbps. Interestingly, in the same month, Reliance Jio topped the TRAI’s MySpeed test result.

All said, these reports further mislead the customers and TRAI should specify the exact number of speed tests done by the users in the country before announcing the results.

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29 Comments on "TRAI’s MySpeed App Test Results are Not Accurate Says a New Report"


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July 6, 2017 9:16 pm 9:16 PM

Good Article Thanks for Acknowledging our feedback on the Unreliability of Trai Speed Test Reports. I am Reiterating this again that still Jio Speeds in Bangalore are Pathetic.If you think I am not telling the truth come to bangalore and try it out yourself

July 6, 2017 2:25 pm 2:25 PM

I think they’re onto something. Even after my daily data limit was exhausted in Jio. Its still shows 20+ Mbps in Trai My Speed app whereas speedtest shows more precise internet speed.

Girish Gowda
July 6, 2017 6:56 pm 6:56 PM

JIO doesn’t limit the speed for speedtest on Trai app after you exhaust your data because of the high number of unintelligent users sending feedback on the app after they finished their 1GB quota.

Anand singh
July 6, 2017 8:20 pm 8:20 PM

I agree

July 6, 2017 5:48 pm 5:48 PM

Speed test is to show how good network is….all gates opened for speedtests by all. Actually you don’t get your work done by speedtests….so you work speed gets limited, test speeds are show of capacity to handle.

July 6, 2017 2:14 pm 2:14 PM

Its upto the user of deciding what is correct and what is wrong. We can try anything which is useful to us. Also we have to be cautious before deciding, the emissions and radiations. A look inthis aspect is also needed.