Airtel tops chart in 4G download speed, Jio scores in 4G coverage: OpenSignal

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on November 01, 2018 Published on November 01, 2018


The country’s second largest telecom operator, Bharti Airtel was the fastest in terms of 4G download speed with 7.53 Mbps, followed by Reliance Jio at 5.47 Mbps and Vodafone 5.20 Mbps, a study by analytics firm OpenSignal said on Thursday.

State-owned BSNL was at the slowest with only 2.7 Mbps, it found out in the study conducted between June and August.

After Airtel, “the next three operators were fairly closely grouped, with less than 0.6 of a megabit separating Jio, Vodafone and Idea. And, this close grouping becomes more interesting when you examine the 4G-only download speeds for the three operators. Jio’s 4G download speed is the same as its download speed experience score, since it only operates on LTE,” it said in the report.


But, Vodafone and Idea’s 4G download speeds were faster than Jio’s. Despite Jio coming second in download speed experience, it fell behind the other two in 4G download (once their slower 3G download speeds were stripped out), it said.

Randeep Sekhon, Chief Technoloy Officer, Airtel said, “This latest report is yet another reaffirmation of Airtel’s obsession with network excellence. Our focus remains on building the fastest and the best network that enables a high quality digital experience for discerning customers who prefer network quality over deals and discounts.”

He said the company’s pace of deployment and investment has continued to pick up over the last 90 days. “This is allowing us to decisively win with 4G customers in the top 500 cities,” he added.

In terms of upload speed, Idea Cellular topped during the period, followed by Vodafone, Airtel and Jio. Open Signal claims that the analysis was done using over 10 billion measurements covering 1.7 million unique devices.

Widest 4G coverage

Meanwhile, the report also mentioned that Reliance Jio had the widest 4G coverage leaving behind its competitors with significant gap. “Jio swept the board in our 4G availability analysis, coming top in all 22 telecoms circles. The operator scored over 95 per cent in our 4G availability measurements in all regions, and topped 97 per cent in 10 of them. Jio’s average 4G availability score across all 22 circles we analysed was 96.7 per cent,” OpenSignal added.

Published on November 01, 2018
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