Airtel 4G Is Fastest in India, Jio Most Widespread, Says OpenSignal

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Telecom tribunal TDSAT today deferred to May 3 the hearing on a plea challenging the decision of regulator TRAI to allow free offers of Reliance Jio to continue beyond the stipulated 90 days.

Well, apart from TRAI there are a few private firms too which claimed that in states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Mumbai, Delhi Bharti Airtel had the fastest download speed of 11.5 mbps compared to 3.92 mbps of Reliance Jio. "We measured Airtel's average LTE download speed at 11.5 Mbps, which was 3 Mbps faster than the results we measured on its nearest rivals Vodafone and Idea".

OpenSignal drew on 1.3 billion measurements between December and February for the report, selecting only the mobile providers that met its nationwide criteria given the diversity of the market, which has recently seen several consolidations.

While India's telecom operators are competing heavily on speed, India's 4G speeds are quite low. OpenSignal said O2 and Vodafone were improving but Three still suffered from poor 4G availability which was offset by strong speeds on its 3G service.

Further, Airtel was reported to be the top in 3G network as well with an average speed of 6.2 Mbps closely followed by Vodafone at 5.1 Mbps. "In our last State of LTE report published in November, we measured the average 4G availability for United Kingdom smartphone users at 58 percent".

West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar added the maximum number of subscribers at 0.86 million in March, while UP East circle had the highest number of subscribers at 75.10 million. Average download speed on Reliance Jio network was 16.48 megabit per second (mbps) in March against 8.33 mbps on Idea Cellular's and 7.66 mbps on Bharti Airtel's network, the monthly report by TRAI showed. An idea came in second place at 59.45 percent, Vodafone was third at 59.05 percent, and Airtel came in fourth in this category with 54.72 percent.

EE was the first to achieve 70 percent 4G availability in OpenSignal's reports, which are based on 535 million tests from more than 30,000 smartphones.

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