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Jio has slowest 4G service, reveals TRAI data

Jio claimed that the data speed on the company's network was being measured after consumers exhaust the daily fair usage policy (FUP) limit of 4GB data download per user.
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In a jolt to Jio’s claims of best speed of its 4G network, TRAI published data on Thursday showing that 4G speed on the network of Reliance Jio is slower than speeds offered by Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone.

According to the data published, 4G speed of Airtel is 11.4 megabits per second (mbps), Reliance Communications is 7.9 mbps, Idea is 7.6 mbps and Vodafone is 7.3 mbps. However, latest 4G-only entrant was recorded at 6.2mbps.

According to a report on India today, the graph for average upload speed shows Idea to have it the best at 4.1Mbps with Vodafone on second at 4.0Mbps. Jio does a little better than Reliance with average upload speed at 2.4Mbps, it added.

The report had also some interesting insights to add from an experiment with MySpeed app. This portal shows variations of speed at different places, and in one such detail, it shows the average speed on the basis of various states.

The portal has recorded 11.179Mbps average speed in J&K. The worst average speed is in Kerala at 3.740Mbps, the report said. Similarly, J&K also recorded the best average upload speed at 3.487Mbps, while Kerala recorded the worst average upload speed at 1.429Mbps, it added.

However, Reliance Jio disputed the TRAI data. “With reference to statistics published on TRAI’s analytics website, we have performed an internal analysis of the same. Based on this analysis, we believe that the comparison of Jio speeds with other operators has an inherent bias against Jio data usage,” the company said in a statement to media.

Jio claimed that the data speed on the company’s network was being measured after consumers exhaust the daily fair usage policy (FUP) limit of 4GB data download per user. Speed after this limit falls to 256 kbps, it added.

Jio claims that they have observed that a disproportionate number of speed tests are performed once the FUP comes into effect. “This is because most users don’t consider performing the test until they observe a deterioration of speed… This has the effect of dragging the average far below the speeds experienced by Jio customers who are enjoying full 4G LTE speeds,” it said.

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