Reliance Jio, Airtel and Ookla have found themselves amidst an internet speed test war. Ookla is a web based network to diagnose apps and it has taken on Reliance Jio’s claims that its speed test method is flawed. The firm has claimed that it goes great lengths to make sure thant the info colleced by Speedtest is ‘verifiably correct’. Reliance Jio had approached advertisement sector watchdog ASCI claiming that Airtel advertising that it is ‘officially the fastest network’ is ‘misleading’ and done in ‘mala fide manner in collusion with’ broadband speed tester Ookla. Meanwhile Ookla has released a statement, where it has said that it ‘fully stands behind the accuracy and reliability of the methodology used to designate Airtel as ‘India’s Fastest Mobile Network’ “.
Ookla spokesperson Adriane Holter, in a press statement said “Ookla fully stands behind the accuracy and reliability of the methodology used to designate Airtel as ‘India’s Fastest Mobile Network’.” Ookla explained how it conducts its speed tests, by saying that it “applies additional data sources and mechanisms during post- processing to help determine the actual data carrier being tested”. The statement adds, “Due to limitations of the Android platform, the “Active Carrier” does not always indicate the actual data provider in devices with multiple SIMs. In these situations, Ookla applies additional data sources and mechanisms during post- processing to help determine the actual data carrier being tested.” It explained how the service matches the connection IP address recorded during the test to known carrier IP blocks.
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The statement also said, “This enables Ookla to determine the actual data carrier with a high degree of confidence. Airtel’s margin of victory increased when the complete analysis was performed.”
Here’s Reliance Jio statement that it made yesterday alleging the testing methods to be false:
“The core issue is that the speedtest results are attributed to the primary sim even though the sim for which the data speedtest is conducted is the secondary sim in the case of dual-sim phones. In India, more than 90% of 4G phones are dual-sim. Therefore, there is no guarantee that the speed which is attributed to Airtel is of the Airtel data network. We are surprised that Ookla in its press release has not talked about this issue even though they had acknowledged the blunder to us earlier. Ookla has baldly stated that they stand by their results and has skirted the main issue. We will initiate actions as we deem fit at appropriate forums. The public should not be misled by these false claims based on the Ookla results.”