The broadband speed testing firm’s latest report claims that Bharti Airtel gives the fastest 3G/4G speed, while Reliance Jio still leads in terms of 4G availability.
Securing first position in the OpenSignal’s chart, Airtel grabbed both the 3G and 4G awards. According to the reports, “As it did 6 months ago, Airtel took both our 4G speed and 3G speed awards. We measured average LTE downloads of 9.2 Mbps and 3G downloads of 3.6 Mbps on its networks. Despite its wins though, both metrics were down from our last report.”
The analysis was made over 7 billion measurements from over 7 lakh mobile devices across the country and the time periods was from June 1 to August 31, 2017.
The report records the cut throat competition between Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio for dominance over 4G.
OpenSignal’s report ‘State of Mobile Networks: India’ further mentions that, “In the past 6 months, Jio’s 4G speeds have risen dramatically, coinciding perfectly with the end of its free-data bonanza in March.”
Jio’s “superior 4G availability” was unbeatable by Airtel’s top speed scores of 3G and 4G, making Jio sit on the top of the list of 4G availability.
OpenSignal explains this as ‘overall speed’ is not the sole role in 3G and LTE speeds, but the availability of each network technology also is a key factor.
“Operators with lower LTE availability tend to have lower overall speeds because their customers spend more time connected to slower 3G networks,” OpenSignal added.
Also, latching onto a LTE signal more than 95.6% of the time, by the Jio testers adds 32 percentage points in its account, hence making it overtake its nearest competitor.
E-mails went unanswered, sent to both the telecomm operators to give their reasons and opinions on the reports’ findings.
The report also mentions the rivals of Reliance Jio making significant improvements as compared to their past records. “Even as access to LTE improved for Airtel, Idea and Vodafone, their tested 4G speeds all declined. This is likely a result of the intense competition for 4G customers since Jio’s emergence,” the report said.
Idea and Vodafone were housed on second place in 4G download, each measuring average LTE speed of 7.4 Mbps.