What OpenSignal Says On Jio, Airtel And Indian 4G Landscape

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

Although Jio was said to have the slowest average 4G speed in the country (as per an OpenSignal's report), interestingly the telecom operators average peak speed is measured to be 50 Mbps, which is almost 13 times faster than its everyday 4G speed download speed of 3.9 Mbps. However, in an interesting turn of events, the brand is reported to have slowest average 4G speeds in the country as per another report. However, the data collected by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) found Reliance Jio topping the chart in 4G network speed for the month of April.

It is just a few months ago that OpenSignal released the report for the average 4G speed, and Jio was the slowest of the lot. Both Vodafone India and Idea Cellular peak speed measurements are about 4 times faster than their 4G measurements. OpenSignal says that they have calculated average peak speed from December 2016 to February 2017. "The monthly tariff on Jio's 4G phone of $2.3 (Rs 153) is more than 50% above the current average revenue per rural user, most of which are on 2G phones and consume minimal data", said Fitch Ratings in the note. Reliance Jio handset is likely to quickly replace 2G handsets in rural areas, where smartphones had previously been out of reach for many potential customers, it said, adding the country's Internet adoption rate is among lowest in Asia-Pacific on high prices and a lack of fixed-broadband networks in rural areas. Airtel's average peak speed test was 56.6 Mbps, which is 5 times faster than its average 4G download test of 11.5 Mbps.

Even though Reliance Jio's average 4G LTE speed is 3.9 Mbps, the average peak speed (when the network is at its optimal condition) goes as high as 50 Mbps, said the London-based Internet firm that evaluates the quality of the network and their coverage area.

In order to calculate the metric, OpenSignal only look at the fastest of its speed tests.

In the past, both OpenSignal and Ookla speed tests ranked Reliance Jio lower than that of Airtel.

"We then took the best 4G speed test from each device".

"[.] Heavy usage is bound to tax any network, forcing users to vie against one another for bandwidth". The report further adds that slowest average speed is due to congestion. TRAI is measuring operator performance under ideal conditions, while OpenSignal's methodology tests the typical everyday experience of consumers.

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