Airtel has been found to be the fastest network in most metro cities in India. According to a report by OpenSignal, Airtel holds its position at the top of the ladder, occasionally taken down in a few regions by Reliance Jio and Idea Cellular. It has been noted that several telecom companies have been involved in heated rivalries over claims of having the fastest LTE speed across the country. According to the reports, speed tests by TRAI and Ookla reveal that Bharti Airtel was the fastest LTE network in most major cities across the country, such as Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai among other cities.
However, Idea Cellular has been found to be the fastest network with 9.3 Mbps download speeds. It is followed by Airtel with 8 Mbps and Jio with 6.8 Mbps. Meanwhile, Reliance Jio has maintained a lead in a few regions such as Shimla and Lucknow with average speeds which are far better than Airtel, like 14.5 Mbps. In these regions, Airtel is known to have been delivering speeds of 9.5 Mbps.
However, it must be noted that these above numbers are LTE speeds and the results will vary if one considers the speeds on 2G/3G platforms. In most regions, Vodafone India has managed to have better and consistent speeds than other operators. The report, however, states that Airtel and Vodafone go hand in hand when it comes to internet speeds. In the Bengaluru circle, Vodafone tops the chart with speeds of 5.3 Mbps in comparison to Airtel’s 4.8 Mbps. Although certain other regions such as Mumbai, Kolkata etc witness better speeds with Airtel than Vodafone. Reports further state that Airtel is known to have been providing better upload speeds in metros with 4 Mbps. Its Numero Uno position is however challenged in Bangalore where Vodafone skips ahead, while in others, BSNL and Telenor hold the upper hand. Although, TRAI shows that Airtel is on a path to continuously better its speed, which has gone up twice to 8.42 Mbps in January 17.