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Jio Continues to Lag Behind Airtel in 4G LTE Download Speed.



Jio network’s 4G LTE speed improved during the period between June 1 and August 31 period, though it still remains behind incumbents Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular, according to OpenSignal. The telecom arm of India’s largest industrial house, Jio also continues to offer the widest LTE network in the country, the report from the London-based wireless mapping firm claimed.

But when it comes to fastest LTE network in India, much like Speedtest, OpenSignal found Airtel tops the chart, with Vodafone finishing in the second spot, closely behind Idea. Jio offered the worst speed among the four carriers.

Fastest 4G speeds in India
Starting with 4G LTE download speeds, Airtel offered 9.15Mbps download speed, with Vodafone finishing second at 7.45Mbps, Idea on third spot with 7.4Mbps, and Jio finishing at fourth with 5.81Mbps. Looking at 3G download speeds, Airtel topped the chart with 3.62Mbps, followed by Vodafone at 3.12Mbps, Idea at 2.6Mbps, BSNL at 1.76Mbps speed, and Reliance Communications (RCom) at 1.71Mbps speed. Jio is a 4G-only network.

Looking at the overall download speed (PDF), for which OpenSignal takes into consideration the average download speed experienced by users across all of an operator’s 3G and 4G networks, Jio offered the best speed at 5.81Mbps, with Airtel coming second at 5.05Mbps, Idea finishing third with 3.69Mbps. BSNL, at 1.76Mbps speed, and RCom at 1.71Mbps ended with fourth and fifth spots respectively.

In terms of latency, which is estimated by how much delay data experiences as it makes a round trip through the network, Jio offered the worst results. Latency at Jio was 75.4ms. Vodafone, Airtel, and Idea offered better results with 60.71ms, 62.98ms, and 73.3ms respectively.

OpenSignal, which says it analysed more than seven billion data points for the assessment, says users are consuming less data on Jio network than they did during the “free-bonanza” days, earlier. This has helped Jio improve the overall download speed on its network from 3.9Mbps to 5.8Mbps.

At the same time, OpenSignal observed that LTE speed results on Airtel, Idea, and Vodafone networks has dropped in the last six months, falling from 11.5Mbps to 9.1Mbps.

OpenSignal said a possible reason behind the decline in speed is that these carriers have also slashed data prices on their networks, which has resulted in increase in data usage, which in turn has likely caused congestion on the networks.

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