“Jio managed to achieve an unprecedented 4G availability score in April but still lagged behind Airtel in average download speeds”
Jio managed to achieve OpenSignal’s highest-ever recorded country level 4G Availability score, in any of its reports, at 97.5 percent, OpenSignal said in its report for the month of April 2019. To put this into perspective, OpenSignal says, “In the US, two operators have scored over 90 percent, while in Taiwan four are over this mark — but none in either market have yet passed 95 percent. Even in the Netherlands, arguably Europe’s most advanced mobile market, all the operators have 4G Availability scores over 90 percent, but only one has passed 95 percent.“
The research firm says that the Mukesh Ambani-led company has driven its competitors into action as well. As a result, even Airtel has achieved 4G Availability score of 85.6 percent. At this rate, OpenSignal predicts that all four of the country’s main LTE operators will pass 80 percent 4G Availability in six month’s time, a milestone usually witnessed in much more developed markets.
On the other hand, Airtel retained the top spot in terms of average download speed pan-India among telecom operators during April, OpenSignal said in its report. As you can see in the chart above, the telecom operator managed to deliver an average download speed of 8.7Mbps during the month, compared with 6.3Mbps and 5.9Mbps offered by Jio and Vodafone, respectively.
Notably, this list takes 3G download speeds offered by Vodafone and Airtel into consideration as well. This effectively means that the 4G download speeds offered by Vodafone and Airtel are considerably better than what Jio is currently offering. In terms of upload speeds, Idea topped the chart with an average speed of 3.0Mbps, followed by Vodafone, Reliance Jio, and Airtel (in the same order).