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Reliance Jio has the highest 4G availability in India while Airtel has the fasest speeds, says Ookla

February 12, 2019
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According to a report on India’s 4G availability by Ookla (the global speed test leader), Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) had 98.8 per cent 4G availability in India, which was the highest in the market. It was followed by Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea with 90 per cent, 84.6 per cent and 82.8 per cent 4G availability respectively across 15 largest cities of India.

However, according to Ookla, 4G availability does not automatically equate to faster service. In order to compare which of India’s largest mobile operators is fastest, Ookla used its proprietary speed score methodology, which is a combined measure of download and upload speed that incorporates several tiers of performance. As per the report, Airtel had the fastest 4G long term evolution (LTE) speed in India during Q3-Q4 2018 with a Speed Score of 11.23 mbps, followed by Vodafone with a speed score of 9.13 mbps. Reliance Jio and Idea Cellular occupied the third and fourth position respectively.

On the general availability front, Jio’s had the best general availability with its subscribers finding service in 99.3 per cent of its location. Airtel, Vodafone and Idea followed closely with a general availability of 99.1 per cent, 99 per cent and 98.9 per cent respectively.

Ookla had analysed general availability and 4G availability using coverage data from 250,138,853 samples on 595,034 enabled devices during Q3-Q4 2018.

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