According to TRAI, Reliance Jio has managed to offer faster data speeds than rivals Airtel and Vodafone during the period up to December 2016.
Soon after the commercial launch on September 5, Reliance Jio has managed to garner nearly 60 million subscribers in record time. In fact, the latest data from Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) reveals that the new telecom operator added 19.6 million subscribers in October 2016 alone. However, with increase in subscriber base, there was a jolt in 4G data speeds. Now, according to the data published by TRAI, Reliance Jio has not only dramatically improved its network, but also managed to top the 4G charts by offering faster data speeds compared to rivals Airtel and Vodafone.
Sourcing numbers from TRAI’s MySpeed app, which is available for both Android and iOS users, the data was collected during the period up to December 2016. It is interesting to see that Jio has worked hard to improve its network to enable users to download content at faster speeds. First spotted by The Quint, TRAI has also shared a graph comparing speeds of the top three operators. In terms of download speeds, Reliance Jio has managed to notch average speed of 9.92Mbps, whereas Airtel and Vodafone logged speeds of 8.07Mbps and 7.53Mbps, respectively.
Other telecom operators such as Idea Cellular, Telenor, BSNL Cellone also fared decently with speeds between 6.8Mbps and 4.8Mbps. However, Aircel has logged poor score of just 0.9Mbps. Talking about upload speeds, Vodafone, Idea and Airtel lead the table with speeds of 4.1Mbps, 3.9Mbps, and 3.3Mbps, respectively. While Telenor takes the fourth spot with upload speeds of 2.8Mbps, Jio is marginally lower with 2.6Mbps. BSNL’s CellOne and Aircel have logged a speed of 2Mbps and 1.9Mbps, respectively.
However, these speeds were logged till December 2016 when the Welcome Offer was applicable. During this time, users on Jio Network were offered with free unlimited voice and video calls, free unlimited SMS, unlimited high-speed internet (daily cap of 4GB) and access to its premium content services. From January 1 2017, all users have been migrated to Happy New year offer, which offers the same benefits, except the high-speed 4G internet data that is now capped to 1GB per day.
One of the reasons for declining speeds is believed to be a large number of users downloading content just because 4G data is free, and unlimited. With the data capping reduced further, it will be interesting to see if it can cause an impact on improving 4G data speeds. Also, when the free offer ends and users have to pay for downloads; the speeds could improve further as customers would only download when necessary.
Besides 4G data speeds, Reliance Jio has also been battling with incumbent operators over points of interconnect, due to which 900 crore calls were blocked from top three operators. It will be interesting to see how Jio can tackle that and reduce the number further.