According to the new report by OpenSignal the global network testing service, India's largest telecom service provider, Bharti Airtel has topped 3G and 4G speed charts, while Reliance Jio's is still ahead in terms of 4G availability.
The report said that "Airtel still took our 3G and 4G speed awards, Jio's superior 4G availability drove it to the top of our overall speed rankings. In short, Jio may not have had the fastest LTE speeds, but it delivered the fastest overall mobile data experience, according to our data."
The report is analyzed more than 7 billion measurements collected from 708,504 mobile devices from subscribers across India.
We examined the 3G and 4G consumer experience on six operator's networks.Three of those providers - Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone - operate both 3G and 4G networks. Two, BSNL Mobile and Reliance Communications, solely operate 3G networks. The final operator, Reliance Jio, is a 4G-only provider, OpenSignal pointed out.
OpenSignal also said that out that Jio's average 4G download speed result climbed from 3.9 Mbps to 5.8 Mbps - an astonishing 49 percent increase. As the free-data period concluded, something clearly happened to ease the congestion on Jio's network.
Meanwhile, Jio's competitors found out they weren't impervious to the congestion problems that originally hit Jio. Our LTE speed results for Airtel, Idea, and Vodafone all dropped in the last six months. We measured the biggest decline in 4G speed on Airtel, falling from 11.5 Mbps to 9.1 Mbps. Meanwhile, Idea and Vodafone's average 4G speed test fell by about a megabit each in our most recent test period.
Airtel testers spent nearly half their time on slower 3G connections, Jio was able to provide a relatively faster 4G link the vast majority of the time in our measurements. The bottom line: Our results may show that Airtel had the faster 4G speeds, but Jio provided a consistently faster mobile data experience overall, the report noted.