In an internet-scarce country like India, when any network provider promises 4G speed reaching up to 135 Mbps, the only market can go crazy. The same happened after September 5 when Reliance made the Jio SIM available to public under Welcome offer.
But according to reports and results by Ookla, a company behind world’s most popular speed test app, it is proved that the Jio speed is down significantly compared to how it was earlier. It also reveals that the situation has changed in the last one month. Guys don’t count out Jio yet. There are even few plus points brought by the Jio.
Ookla, the same company says “despite its imperfections Jio is actually a big deal and has changed the 4G market in India. Ookla has recently released a report based on speed tests done in India since the launch of Reliance Jio. The report shows an exponential increase in 4G users across India.”
All these reports by Ookla are found based on the people who use Ookla’s speed test app but the real number should be higher. So far, the Reliance Jio has registered over 1.6 crore customers in the Welcome offer.
The below graphic presentation by Ookla shows a continuous increase in 4G speed tests in first nine months of 2016. These tests are conducted across all the networks providing 4G services.
The Ookla Company has also presented a graph showing, first a gradual increase in 4G speed tests and then a sudden jump in September. The following graph shows Reliance Jio users in the blue color and rest of the 4G users with purple color.
In August, the number of people testing 4G speed stands at somewhere around 8 million across the country. In September, the number of testers jumped to over 21 million.
But what about the promised speed?
Day-by-day, users have continuously moaned and groaned about the falling speed, but there was no confirmation by the network provider. Since we have the numbers released by Ookla, we can confirm their groans are not fake. The data released by Ookla shows that mean download speeds for 4G capable phones dropped 23% month-over-month. In September alone the mean download speed has fallen from 11.31 Mbps to 8.77 Mbps.
Whether it is good speed or not Reliance Jio has definitely managed to make its mark not just in India but globally as well. The graph shows that global 4G test stayed at around 10 million throughout the year and from Aug 16 to Sept 16 the company recorded a jump to more than 20 million tests on 4G LTE networks.
Despite allegations on call drops, Reliance has managed to improve its call quality in the last one month. If this could be continued, Indian telecom market changes for good in the near future.
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