Reliance Jio has emerged as the fastest mobile operator in 4G download speed for March at 16.487 Mbps, according to the TRAI analytics app -- MySpeed.
In the same technology space of 4G -- Idea Cellular was a distant second to Jio at 12.092 Mbps and was followed by Airtel’s download speed of 10.439 Mbps for March 2017.
Vodafone India had the least speed of 7.933 Mbps among the top four operators offering 4G services. Reliance Communications had a 4Gdownload speed at 2.958 Mbps in March.
All the four operators had registered higher download data speed in February 2017– Jio (17.427 Mbps) Airtel (11. 254 Mbps), Idea (12.216 Mbps) and Vodafone (8.337Mbps). Jio had achieved the maximum speed in December 2016 at 18.146 Mbps.
In terms of upload speed of 4G operators however, Idea leads the race with 6.536 Mbps followed by Vodafone at 5.429 Mbps, Airtel at 4.455 Mbps and Jio at the lowest of 3.581 Mbps.
In 3G downloading speed, Airtel leads the pack with 3. 724 Mbps speed, Vodafone at 3.714 Mbps, Idea 3.082 Mbps, Tata DoCoMo 2.524 Mbps, BSNL, 2.268 Mbps and Aircel at 2.018 Mbps.
In 3G uploading speed, Vodafone is ahead at 1.674 Mbps, Tata DoCoMo at 1.630 Mbps, Idea at 1.517 Mbps, Airtel 1.387 Mbps and BSNL at 1.021 Mbps
Data download speed has become the latest bone of contention between the incumbents and Jio after Points of Interconnections and Complimentary offers.
Jio contested the global broadband speed analytics firm Ookla’s certification of Airtel for declaring it as the ‘Officially Fastest Network’ at Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) saying its methods were flawed. Later, under ASCI ruling Airtel had to modify its Ad.
4G and 3G speeds have become USPs of the telcos in a highly price sensitive Indian market where pace of downloading is used as the efficency benchmark of a network for attracting more customers.