Reliance Jio 4G speeds are down, but LTE coverage in India has grown: Report

Reliance Jio's 4G speeds have gone down post launch, shows data from Speedtest app maker Ookla.

By: Tech Desk | Published:October 17, 2016 1:56 pm
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Reliance Jio’s 4G speeds have gone down post launch but overall LTE coverage in India has increased, shows data from Speedtest app maker Ookla. A post on Medium by Isla McKetta part of Ookla team highlightshow Jio has grown in India since the ‘Welcome offer’ went live in September. Ookla is the company behind Speedtest app and website, which is regarded by many as the go to app for testing Internet speeds.

According to data from Ookla, they’ve seen a significant jump in the number of speed-tests being done on Jio 4G LTE network from January to September 2016. The map shared by Ookla shows the green dots rising slowly from January to July and then getting a sudden boost in August and September. This is also the period when Reliance Jio’s preview offer was slowly being increased to more smartphones. In September it went live on all 4G enabled devices. The month of September has also seen a sudden jump in the number of Reliance Jio 4G users testing out speeds on the network, according to another data chart from Ookla. The data chart shows tests carried out by Jio 4G users are significantly higher than those carried out by other network users in India.

However, Speedtest’s data also says that Reliance Jio’s mean average speeds have been declining since it got more users on board. According to the data, speeds for “4G capable phones actually decreased 23% month-over-month from 11.31 Mbps to 8.77 Mbps, continuing a downward trend for 2016.” The report also adds that Reliance Jio’s claims of 135Mbps as average speed across the board is still a dream, and that even the “top 10% of tests averaged out at 17.77 Mbps in September.” Note that this average is for the top ten per cent of the millions of tests that have been carried.

Ookla’s numbers also show there is a big jump in the number of 4G LTE users, and the chart from August to September reflects this very clearly.

Also read: Reliance Jio 4G SIM: Terms and conditions you need to read

The gist from Ookla’s data is this: A lot of Jio users are coming online to take speed-tests for their cellular network, and the number of 4G LTE users in India has risen. But the average speeds are declining since September and thus Reliance Jio hasn’t kept up with momentum of the early speeds it was offering to those who had managed to get on the Preview offer.

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In our own case, we’ve seen Reliance Jio’s speeds come down drastically from what we got back in July or August. In the period before launch, our average speed was around 16-17Mbps download speeds for Jio SIM on a LYF phone, which was being used to power WiFi on other devices. But September has seen download speeds drop as low as 1.60 Mbps, and maxing out at 4Mbps in some cases.

Also Reliance Jio has put a cap on daily download limit to 4GB per user on the Welcome offer, after which the speed is further reduced by 128Kbps. These speeds are for Delhi and Noida. In Kochi, Kerala we got an upload speed of 1.25Mbps and an upload speed of 0.37Mbps, which is pretty terrible for a 4G LTE network.

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With Reliance Jio getting over 1.6 million subscribers in India in less than a month, it is not surprising the speeds have gone done. The newcomer is engaged in a constant war of words with incumbent telecom players over inter-connect ports, and a data war of sorts has started with new deals being around for the consumers every day by each and every telecom player.

Reliance Jio’s full commercial launch takes place on January 1, 2017, and we’ll have to wait and see how many of users enjoying the free data will stay on with the network. Reliance Jio will need to get the speeds back to 4G levels across the country, if it wants to retain these new users.

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    King khan
    Apr 29, 2017 at 6:06 pm
    Relience jio is very slow. It is worst than the airtel 2g..
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      ritu
      Oct 25, 2016 at 4:53 am
      But why all of you are speed only. Look at the coverage of jio. In my village where I was not getting even good 2g speed now I am using jio n getting average 5mbps constantly. It is a great taken by jio. Whereas airtel was exploiting it's customers. Tell me how many city in India airtel gives 4g internet. In am it's only in guwahati
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        Mayank
        Oct 17, 2016 at 12:26 pm
        Actually all these speed measuring apps like Speedtest and Net Velocity measures speed in Mega Bits per second and not Mega Byte. So basically if the apps says that you have 10mbps download speed, it means that your actual download speed is 1 mega byte per second.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Considering that, the speed of Jio does not qualify as 4G
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          Jayaprakash Pk
          Oct 17, 2016 at 1:19 pm
          The network launched with much fanfare has a very poor download speed after a month of its operations calls for intervention from Jio management. They may say that all the subscribers are using free net now and downloading heavily is no way a solace. But the subscriber who got his sim with much difficulty can only wait till Jan. 17 as the service would become payable and only serious players will be left with the network at that time and hopefully the download speed would improve to a considerable level.
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            Mohammad Yunus
            Oct 17, 2016 at 10:25 am
            JIO's sharp decline heading for it's final countdown. Start 1.25 Mhz CDMA voice calls on JIO 4G per circle and your problem will be solved.
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              sn
              Oct 19, 2016 at 6:03 am
              chor company selling SIM in black and talking free SIM...useless
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