4G speed wars: Jio retains pole position for fourth consecutive month, Airtel slips to fourth spot
New telecom entrant Reliance Jio has topped the charts in terms of 4G internet speeds, clocking 19.12 mbps in the month of April, a notch above the 18.48 mbps it recorded in March, TRAI data showed. Jio’s performance in April marks the fourth consecutive month that the Mukesh Ambani-owned company bagged the top spot for 4G network speeds.
Jio had also topped the charts in March, and saw download speeds of 18.48Mbps, according to TRAI’s data. The telecom regulator had put Airtel second in the list for March with speeds of only 6.57 mbps, while Vodafone was next in the list with speeds of 6.14 mbps. Idea’s network speeds were 5.9mbps for the month of March.
However, the latest report by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) places Bharti Airtel dropped to the fourth spot. Airtel logged average download speed of 10.15 mbps in April, behind the download speed on Idea Cellular network at 13.70 mbps and Vodafone network at 13.38 mbps, placing them on the second and third spot respectively.
TRAI collects and computes data download speed with the help of its MySpeed app on a real-time basis. The app is available for download to users across the country.
On the other hand, TRAI’s numbers are in complete contrast to other speed results. An OpenSignal report had put Airtel as the leader in 4G download speeds in India, with LTE download speeds of 11.5 Mbps. Vodafone and Idea were number two and three in the list by OpenSignal, while Jio came in at number four with speeds of only 3.92mbps.
The report had said Jio was the worst network when it comes to latency as well.
Reliance Jio is now the fourth largest telecom operator in the country with over 100 million subscribers, and added 5.83 million new mobile customers, according to TRAI’s data, while rival Airtel added 2.99 million customers.
(With PTI inputs)