Jio offers best 4G coverage, but Airtel tops 4G download speed and experience: OpenSignal

Airtel was way ahead of rivals in 4G download speeds with average 9.96 Mbps.

  • Published: November 1, 2018 11:00 AM IST

OpenSignal, which maps all major wireless networks around the world, has complied a report of ‘Mobile Network Experience’ in India. The detailed analysis by OpenSignal reveals that Airtel is providing the best 4G download speed experience in India, while Reliance Jio has overall better 4G network availability and lowest latency.

The survey mapped 17.6 lakh (1.76 million) unique devices over a period of three months (June 1 to August 29) across India. According to OpenSignal, there was a three-way tie in mobile video experience between Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone. Airtel though was way ahead in 4G download speeds with average 9.96 Mbps. Not just that, Airtel also improved in ‘Download Speed Experience’ in the past six months to reach 7.5 Mbps in overall 3G and 4G connections, which is 25 percent growth.

In terms of 4G availability, Reliance Jio beats everyone in 22 telecom circles in India and has the lowest latency experience as well. Jio scored 96.7 percent in 4G availability across all 22 circles, while it topped 97 percent in 10 circles including the Kolkata.

Delhi saw the second best latency experience score in India, and Jio topped with an average of 56.7ms. However, Vodafone’s score of 81.6 percent was the highest in terms 4G availability in Delhi.

Upload speeds are typically slower and surprisingly Idea Cellular topped 3G upload and 4G upload speed with average scores 15 percent faster than Vodafone – which was the second best. Idea was 2.88Mbps followed by Vodafone with 2.31Mbps. Both Idea and Vodafone are now one company after merger, but since the sample survey started in June, OpenSignal treated them as separate operators in this report.

  • Published Date: November 1, 2018 11:00 AM IST