Network speed tracker Ookla has released its Q4 2020 report for broadband and mobile network performance in India. In the report, the company stated that Reliance Jio is the fastest broadband network provider in the country. In addition, it states that Vi (Vodafone-idea) had the fastest mobile download speeds. Also Read - Jio's most affordable long-term JioPhone plan introduced: Check price, benefits and more
The report also revealed that among all South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, India managed to gain the top spot when it comes to fixed broadband speeds. However, the country ranked behind other SAARC countries in mobile speeds. Also Read - Jio vs Airtel vs Vi: Best prepaid recharge plans under Rs 100 with unlimited calls, data benefits
According to the report, Reliance Jio managed to have the fastest mean download speed over fixed broadband with a rating of 3.7. ACT Fibernet gained the second spot on the list followed by Airtel and Excitel. Also Read - Airtel new prepaid plans with free Disney+ Hotstar subscription launched: Here are the details
BSNL had the slowest download speed, however, Hathway had the lowest rating on the list, due to low customer satisfaction.
Overall, India led the fastest download speeds over fixed broadband through 2020 compared to all of the SAARC countries. The lead was gained thanks to the robust fiber line deployment since Q2 2020.
Mobile data speeds
Vi led the pack of all telecom service providers in India in terms of mean mobile download speeds during Q4 2020. Bharti Airtel managed to gain a similar rating of 3.1 but received a lower NPS score. Reliance Jio came in third position with a rating of 2.9.
India in the data speed index for SAARC countries ranked at the third last position throughout 2020, with Afghanistan having the slowest mean mobile download speeds. The Maldives was the only SAARC country with active 5G networks.
The report also detailed the country’s 5G rollout roadmap, which it expects to roll out by late 2021 or early 2022. However, it has cautioned that the new LTE and 5G technologies will not be able to provide users with the ultra-fast speeds and low latency that providers are promising if sufficient wireless spectrum is not made available.