Telecom wars are at their height and what consumers are seeing is the tussle for leadership getting fiercer by the day. That includes not just standout offers and freebies but also speed of data service and the latest unveiling of statistics has thrown up a big surprise. Idea Cellular, on Saturday, while citing the data compiled by telecom regulator Trai’s My Speed App, claimed that it achieved the fastest highest 4G upload speed in September. Idea Cellular topped the chart in terms of average upload 4G speed for September at 6.307 Mbps, the private telecom player said in a statement based on Trai data, reported PTI. The operator said that it has been achieving the highest upload speed in the last six months and has recorded a high average download speed of 8.74 Mbps (megabits per second) during September.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) tabulates data download speed with the help of its MySpeed app. According to the PTI report, Idea Cellular has rapidly expanded the network to 2.60 lakh sites across the country, with 50 per cent dedicated to mobile broadband services. The company claims to add about 50,000 broadband sites over the last 12 months to August, growing its broadband footprint to cover 5,888 census towns and close to 1.05 lakh villages and reaching out to 45 per cent population of the country.
This data comes days after a report by OpenSignal revealed that between June 1 and August 31, 2017, Airtel provided the fastest 4G and 3G internet in India with average downloads of 9.2 Mbps and 3.6 Mbps respectively, while Idea and Vodafone continued the second place fight. The report placed Jio on the fourth position despite a dramatic increase in its speed in the last few months. Jio’s average 4G download speed was recorded as 5.81 Mbps.
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.