Reliance Jio vs Airtel vs Vodafone

According to data put out by TRAI, the average peak download speed on Reliance Jio network more than doubled to 17.42 megabit per second at the end of January. Many thought the end of Jio's free offer will end the data-war, but with Ambani's address on February 21 it was clear that the fight would get nastier. The telecom entrant had a slow start but it did pick up well, rising to the top spot, with prolific download speeds.

Idea ranked first in terms of upload speeds with an average of 7.497Mbps followed by Vodafone (5.236Mbps), Airtel (4.492Mbps) and Reliance Jio (2.208Mbps). Jio announced its Prime membership programme in February, wherein users can benefit from Jio's 4G data services at a subscription charge of Rs 99 valid for a year. Airtel declined from 11.7Mbps to 11.2Mbps, while Voda plunged from 10.3Mbps to 8.3Mbps.

Recently, Bharti Airtel, the country's largest telecom network, was rated as the fastest mobile network by Ookla, the global leader in broadband testing and web-based network diagnostic applications. Undoubtedly, Reliance Jio became one of the dominant telecom service providers in India as it understood this mindset of people. In the second place was Idea Cellular at 8.53 mbps, compared to 6.6 mbps at the end of December 2016. Now, as per new data collected by TRAI's My Speed app, Jio is leading the market as far as the 4G download speeds are concerned.

Average download speeds of other networks were not available.

The price war resulting from Jio's entry has also spurred consolidation in the sector with Idea and Vodafone Plc's Indian unit, the market's No.2 player, beginning talks for a merger of their operations.

  • Carolyn Briggs