According to a new study by Opensignal, Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Jio 4G download has ballooned from 3.9 Mbps to 5.8 Mbps - that's almost a 50 percent increase in speed.
After an uptick in February, Jio's speeds leveled out at around 4.2 Mbps between the test periods ending in March and April. But as soon as Jio's free data offer concluded on April 1, we started recording a steady rise in average 4G speed all the way till the end of July.
In the last six months, Jio's typical 4G download has ballooned from 3.9 Mbps to 5.8 Mbps - that's almost a 50 percent increase in speed, which is frankly astonishing.
"It could be that Jio has upgraded its network, adding capacity to feed its customers' unquenchable thirst for data. It could be that customers started fleeing once the free data promotion ended, though a Bank of America Merrill Lynch survey found that most of Jio's customers weren't likely to jump ship. Or it could be that the customers are reining in their data usage now that they actually have to pay for the megabytes and gigabytes they consume. Chances are, it's a combination of multiple factors, OpenSignal's Kevin Fitchard said in a blog.
"We well could see even more improvements in the coming months. In our recent peak speed analysis of India, we discovered that Jio's network was one one of the more technologically powerful LTE systems in India, but its customers weren't able to access the full potential of that network as there was so much competition for bandwidth, Fitchard added.
He further added, but now that Jio is managing its capacity better, customers can tap into more and more of that potential. In short, Jio's 4G speed metric still has plenty of room to grow.