TRAI report says Jio 4G internet speed fell sharply in January, Airtel clocked double
If you are using a Jio SIM, along with another connection you might have experienced this already, but latest report from TRAI confirms that Jio’s 4G LTE speeds lagged behind that of all the telecom operators for the month of January.
Airtel clocked highest average speed with download rate as high as 11.9 Mbps — which is a considerable increase over its previous numbers — by almost twice. It rose from 5 Mbps in November and has been rising since, overtaking Vodafone and Idea.
On the other hand in December, Reliance announced the Happy New Year offer as an extension to its Welcome offer that was closing on December 31th. But back then, it was the fastest telecom operator in terms of data speeds, way ahead than Airtel and Vodafone, with average download speeds touching 18 Mbps. According to the report its average download speeds for the month of January was 8.3 Mbps, witness a downgrade by more than half.
Meanwhile, Vodafone and Idea has also seen a rise in speed to 10.3 Mbps, from 9.6 Mbps a month before and to 10.5 Mbps in January, from 5.9 Mbps respectively. All speeds are rounded off to single decimal digits from three decimal digits in the actual report. You can access recent data here .
A possible reason to this shift could be the three year extension to Jio’s Welcome offer which could have lead to people shifting their data usage from other networks to Jio. In fact, another report released this month, based on the study of over 30 Indian cities revealed that Jio network takes the load of 90 per cent of country’s data traffic.
So, the sudden rise in the download speeds of Airtel (and Vodafone and Idea) could be, most probably, due to thinning of its network traffic as the companies didn’t announce any upgradation in their networks.
We recently reported how Jio has grown aggressively in the latter half of 2016, racking up over 16.2 million subscribers in November and taking its total subscriber base to 51.87 million within three months of launching the service. It is now second to Airtel with 23 per cent market share.
Source by indiatoday…