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Reliance Jio's data speed increases by half as free services end

Reliance Jio's data speed increases by half as free services end”

Yet, Airtel continued to lead the speed ranking for both 3G and 4G network with average downloads of 9.1 Mbps and 3.6 Mbps respectively.

OpenSignal, a third-party platform that tracks coverage and performance of mobile networks, on Thursday published a new report that reveals Airtel offers the fastest 4G and 3G speeds.

Reliance Jio's average 4G download speed was recorded as 5.81 Mbps while Vodafone bagged the second spot with 7.45 Mbps average speeds.

Jio still lags behind Airtel in terms of average 4Gdownload speed. Idea and Vodafone were tied at 2nd place in 4G download, each with a measured average LTE speed of 7.4 Mbps. "Meanwhile, Idea and Vodafone's average 4G speed test fell by about a megabit each in our most recent test period", the firm said, adding that cheap data plans of these telcos have increased usage on their networks and that, in turn, may have caused more congestion on their networks and forcing average speeds to slow down. Vodafone grabs the second spot at 3.12Mbps and Idea was at third spot with 2.6Mbps 3G speed.

Despite, topping the 4G speed chart, Airtel's 4G speed has seen a decline from the last report, it drops from 11.5 Mbps to 9.1 Mbps.

Even though Jio is the lowest of the four 4G operators, it has topped in overall download speed charts by averaging 5.81 Mbps speed. In this case, Reliance Jio emerges on top even though the speeds remain at 5.81 Mbps. It says that operators with lower LTE availability tend to have lower overall speeds since customers are also on 3G speeds.

However, the report states that the overall speed "doesn't just factor in 3G and LTE speeds, but also the availability of each network technology". And despite its big speed surge, Jio still ranked last in 4G speed. As per the report, Airtel customers were only able to find a 4G signal 57.2% of the time.

Idea and Airtel gave national 4G-latency victor Vodafone a stiff challenge in our regional ping tests. In the year till June 2017, Ebitda (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) margins of Bharti Airtel Ltd and Idea Cellular Ltd had narrowed by 8.3 and 9.6 percentage points, respectively, thanks to Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd's aggressive pricing strategy.

This will drag Idea deeper into losses at the pre-tax level, and Bharti Airtel, too, is likely to report losses soon for its India wireless business.



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