Airtel vs Reliance Jio: Check out who provides faster, better internet in India

By: | Published: October 6, 2017 10:09 AM

The tense battle for supremacy between Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio is now reflecting on the data experience provided by both these operators. According to a report by OpenSignal, Airtel provides the fastest 4G and 3G internet in India with average downloads of 9.2 Mbps and 3.6 Mbps respectively, while Idea and Vodafone continue the second place fight.

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The tense battle for supremacy between Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio is now reflecting on the data experience provided by both these operators. According to a report by OpenSignal, Airtel provides the fastest 4G and 3G internet in India with average downloads of 9.2 Mbps and 3.6 Mbps respectively, while Idea and Vodafone continue the second place fight – this is for the period between June 1 and August 31, 2017. On the other hand, Jio which is in the fourth position has dramatically increased its speed in the last few months and now, provides a more consistent and faster mobile data experience. According to the report, the main reason behind this report is the end of free data offers on Reliance Jio network after the month of March 2017.

Reliance Jio’s average 4G download speed was recorded as 5.81 Mbps while Vodafone bagged the second spot with 7.45 Mbps average speeds. However, when it comes to overall metric, where both the speed of 3G as well as 4G internet is taken into consideration, the equation changes drastically. In this case, Reliance Jio emerges on top even though the speeds remain at 5.81 Mbps. Airtel is second at 5.05 Mbps with Vodafone scoring 4.06 Mbps.

However, the report states that the overall speed “doesn’t just factor in 3G and LTE speeds, but also the availability of each network technology.” It says that operators with lower LTE availability tend to have lower overall speeds since customers are also on 3G speeds.

Jio’s average 4G speed increased from 3.9 Mbps to 5.8 Mbps, which is 49 per cent increase since April, this year. While Airtel, Vodafone and Idea remain ahead of Jio in terms of overall 4G speeds, according to OpenSignal survey, they have seen a fall in speeds. The biggest fall was noticed in Airtel’s 4G speed which came down from 11.5 Mbps to 9.1 Mbps, even as Vodafone and Idea saw their speeds drop by a megabit each.

Coming to the availability, Reliance Jio LTE leads with users able to connect to the network 95.6 per cent of the time. Airtel is way behind in this regard with its 4G signal available only 57.2 per cent of the time.

“No operator we tested in India exceeded either the global 3G download average of 4.4 Mbps or the global 4G download average of 16.2 Mbps that we measured in our last State of LTE report,” the report further said.

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