Trai’s speed test shows Jio’s 4G speed slowest
Reliance Jio Infocomm is a subsidiary of RIL. It launched its commercial services on September 5 and it was announced that till December 31, all users will get access to unlimited 4G data quota (with a daily cap of 4GB) along with unlimited voice calls to subscribers under the Welcome Offer. It entered the market with the aim of democratizing Internet access in India by offering a 4G-only network that caters to the masses courtesy low-cost plans.
Early adopters of Reliance Jio’s 4G services under the Preview Offer enjoyed ultra-high data speeds. Many reported speeds over 50Mbps, which was multiple times higher than what incumbent operators have been offering in the country. Many people were apprehensive whether Reliance Jio will be able to deliver optimum 4G speed or at least be on par with other service providers when it is commercially available. Unfortunately, Reliance Jio couldn’t meet the expectations with several users reporting a severe dip in data speeds, and in cases not working at all.
The Actual problem started cropping up when the demand surpassed supply, even though the company had targeted adding 1 million customers a day and there was a shortfall of sim cards. This started to put off a lot of potential customers, but nevertheless the demand did not fall.
Now as the numbers of subscribers is growing, the service starts getting shared with more people at the same time, causing the speeds to fall. In fact, a lot of users in the larger areas in cities have complained of speeds as slow as 2G on a 4G network.
TRAI Speed Test Results:
TRAI's recently launched My Speed Portal for Android and iOS. It reportedly says that Reliance Jio's data speed is the slowest.
Data published on Trai's website on Thursday showed 4G speed on the network of Reliance Jio slower than speeds offered by Airtel, Idea Cellular, and Vodafone.
- Trai's analytics portal listed the 4G download speed of Airtel at 11.4 megabits per second (mbps), Anil Ambani's Reliance Communications at 7.9 mbps, Idea's at 7.6 mbps, and Vodafone's at 7.3 mbps. Jio, which is a 4G-only network, was recorded at 6.2 mbps.
- In terms of upload speeds, Idea leads the pack with 4.1Mbps whereas Jio is at the fourth spot with 2.4Mbps. The second and third spots are taken by Vodafone and Airtel with 4Mbps and 3.7Mbps average upload speeds respectively.
But Jio has 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's statement said.
It 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.
"Historically, we 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."
Also Ookla, maker of Speed test app, had recently published a report that revealed Reliance Jio's speed has continuously fallen. The report said that Jio's mean download speed across the country is 8.77Mbps. The network has registered a 23 per cent drop in speed month-over-month.
Thanks to these Speed apps, you at least know if the network service around your location is good or not. The sim may not worth getting if you see the Jio coverage is not good in your area.
However, if you want to utilize whatever you get free for the next 2 months, then just go for it. Sim comes to you for free, so it does not really cost you anything other than your time. You might be travelling every day and maybe at times you will encounter excellent speeds. Even if not that, calls and texts are free and you’ll be lucky if your call gets connected. If not, video calling could be another option that you could explore.