Jio pips rivals in TRAI’s download speed test

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 15, 2018 Published on April 03, 2017


Bharti Airtel may be saying that it’s the fastest network provider using the findings of Ookla, but the latest report from telecom regulator says otherwise.

The latest entrant to the telecom industry, Reliance Jio has surprised many as the company achieved No. 1 position in download speed in the monthly tests conducted by TRAI.

According to the TRAI’s latest report on data speeds, Jio’s average speed in February almost doubled that of Idea Cellular (at No. 2) and Bharti Airtel (at No 3).

Although the download speed of Jio network declined marginally to 16.48 Mbps during the month from 17.42 Mbps in January, it remained the fastest network during the month. At such as a speed, a user can download a movie in less than five minutes.

The speed of Idea was recorded at 8.33 Mbps and Airtel at 7.66 Mbps. These were also a marginal decline in download speed as compared to their performance in January.

Speeds of companies such as Vodafone and BSNL also dipped marginally to 5.66 Mbps and 2.01 Mbps from 6.13 Mbps and 2.89 bps, respectively. Also, the download speeds of Reliance Communications, Tata DoCoMo and Aircel network were 2.67 Mbps, 2.52 Mbps and 2.01 Mbps, respectively, during February, TRAI report said.

The TRAI’s report is based on its collection and computing of speed of mobile data from subscribers across the country with the help of MySpeed application on a real-time basis.

Meanwhile, Airtel using Ookla’s reference as the fastest network provider was been challenged by Jio before the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), and the advertisement watchdog has also found it to be misleading.

It has asked the telcom major to modify or withdraw the commercial by April 11. Airtel, however, has contested the findings and Ookla too has responded to ASCI decision saying that it fully stands behind the accuracy and reliability of the methodology.

Published on April 03, 2017
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