Airtel ahead of competition in 4G download speeds

India interested in more laptops with integrated 4G connectivity

All of India's major 4G providers have now crossed the 65 percent LTE availability threshold, and three of them are now nearing the 70 percent mark.

This declares Airtel as the fastest 4G (as well as 3G) network in the country with an average download speed of 6Mbps. In fact, we tracked slight drops in LTE speeds for three operators, Opensignal added.

Mostly targeted at Reliance Jio's aggressive data plans, telecom operators such as Airtel have significantly reduced their tariffs in the last one year. In another offer, Airtel is offering 30GBs of data free of cost to customers upgrading their Airtel's connection to 4G from 2G or 3G. According to media reports, the telecom major will soon launch JioHomeTV, through which Reliance Jio will offer Standard-Definition (SD) channels at Rs 200 and SD+HD channels at Rs 400.

The report also says that despite these data speeds offered by various operators, India's position in global map is disheartening. "What's more, Jio's impressive LTE reach is only improving, though incrementally", said the report. "While India's rank in terms of mobile internet download speed remains same at 109th but average download speeds have risen to 9.01 Mbps in February from 8.80 Mbps in November previous year". Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Kolkata, and West Bengal have seen significant coverage from Idea and Vodafone.

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Coming to average 4G speed, Airtel was the clear victor with an overall download speed of 6.01mbps.

In a new finding by Open Signal, the newest entrant in the telecom sector Reliance Jio Infocomm, controlled by India's richest person Mukesh Ambani, has lost the top slot in the 3G, 4G and overall download speeds. India ranked last of the 88 countries analyzed in 4G speed.

As the competition is not limited to just Airtel and Reliance Jio - Vodafone, Idea, and BSNL were also tested for their overall speeds. In terms of 4G availability, Reliance Jio has topped the list beating other three contenders by a substantial 27 per cent.

This new development could be termed as a big a blow to Reliance Jio, which now has over 160 million 4G subscribers on its LTE network in India as Airtel, which is the numero uno telecom operator in the country, has recently kicked off a campaign looking for wireless subscribers for shifting its 4G network.

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