New Delhi, April 21: Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio has once again emerged as the leader in the telecom sector in average 4G download speeds. The indication of an upward graph is beleieved to be a major success for the company as it faced a drop down to the fourth position for 4G download speeds in January. As per data collected by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s MySpeed app, Jio is the leading telecom company in the sector in 4G download speeds while Idea has earned major gains in both 4G upload and download speeds. Though Jio’s network being the fastest in download speeds, it lags behind its rivals Airtel, Vodafone and Idea when it comes to uploading speeds.
The other incumbent operators such as Vodafone, Airtel have seen a drastic dip in their download and upload speeds decreased since January. The regulatory body, TRAI’s new MySpeed app helps anyone to check your Internet speeds and send the results to TRAI. The MySpeed app is available for all Android users. It checks Internet speeds both on Wi-Fi and cellular data.
As per TRAI’s MySpeed app, here’s the average download speed
The Indian telecom Industry with nearly 900 million subscribers is the second largest wireless market in the world. The low tariffs and direct reach to consumers have made SMS and direct calling one of the most cost effective ways of selling services and products. The Indian telecom majors have been in a war of words and it looks like it has become Reliance Jio versus the rest. (ALSO READ: Reliance Jio disconnection process begins in a phased manner, Jio users who haven’t opted for any plan remain clueless)
As per TRAI’s MySpeed app, here’s the average upload speed
According to the TRAI MySpeed data, Jio network registered average download speed 15.04 Mbps while that of Idea, Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance is 11.93 Mbps, 10.69 Mbps, 8.1 Mbps and 3.1 Mbps respectively. The average upload speed according to the data reveals that Idea is first with 6.64 Mbps followed by Vodafone, Airtel, Jio and Reliance. Vodafone recorded 5.42 Mbps uploading speed, while Airtel, Jio and Reliance recorded 4.49 Mbps, 3.3 Mbps and 1.6 Mbps respectively.
|TRAI MySpeed data test results|
|Operators||Average Download speed||Average upload speed|
|Reliance Jio||15.04 Mbps||6.64 Mbps|
|Idea||11.93 Mbps||5.42 Mbps|
|Vodafone||10.69 Mbps||4.49 Mbps|
|Airtel|| 8.1 Mbps||3.3 Mbps|
|Reliance|| 3.9 Mbps||1.6 Mbps|
Jio’s average download speed for February is still less than its peak of 18.146Mbps that it registered in December 2016 while Idea Cellular’s average 4G download speed continues to rise, from 5.943Mbps in December to 10.301Mbps in January, to 12.216Mbps in February, a report by NDTV Gadgets stated. Meanwhile, Bharti Airtel’s average 4G download speed came down from 11.862Mbps to 11.254Mbps, while Vodafone’s decreased from 10.301Mbps to 8.337Mbps, the report claimed. (ALSO READ: Reliance Jio ISD Call Rates: International calls to US, UK and other countries at Rs 3 if you subscribe to ISD rate cutter plan)
The Indian telecom sector has seen a shift ever since Reliance Jio was launched in the market in September 2016. The restless rivals have raised their heads and have started criticising Reliance Jio for its promotional offers and its strategies to woo and draw the attention of a million customers across the nation. With its disruptive offers, Jio came up to be one of the most popular brands in India. According to the Brand Trust Report 2017, Airtel has emerged as the top service provider among the various others competitors while Reliance Jio has emerged as the second most trusted company followed by Vodafone, Idea and BSNL.
Ever since Jio has entered the Indian Telecom sector, it has been a tough time for rivals. Jio realises that Airtel, Vodafone and Idea are hugely dependent on voice revenues and the company is likely to use every strategy to capture the imagination of their lower-end voice customers through its unlimited voice calls with bundled data.
Reliance Jio’s entry in September 2016 changed the market paradigm forever. Since its launch, the disruptive offers launched by Jio have become the new battleground for telecom operators across the telecom sector. Jio in no time added 120 million subscribers to its database which led to a price war in the market. Jio’s entry into the telecom market became the reason for the falls in profits of the rivals telecom operators. Airtel, the largest telecom operator has lost 12% of its 3G and 4G user base in straight quarters ending December.
As per a Truecaller’s TrueInsights report for Q4, 2016, Jio captured more than 23 percent of the market. It further mentioned that the last 6 months of usage has seen Jio grow aggressively and has racked up over 16.2 million subscribers in November. Jio’s drastic disruption in the telecom sector has taken its total subscriber base to 51.87 million within three months of launching the service.