India’s 4G speed race tightens

You certainly can’t accuse the Indian mobile industry of standing still. In the six months since our last India report, OpenSignal has tracked a lot of changes in our core mobile metrics as the country’s four major 4G operators continue to compete for India’s increasingly demanding mobile data consumers.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Arian Zwegers

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Arian Zwegers

The biggest changes we tracked were in 4G speeds. On the one hand, we found Reliance Jio’s average download speeds jump upwards substantially, coinciding perfectly with the end of its free-data promotions in April. Meanwhile, LTE speeds for Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone all fell in our measurements — likely the result of increased mobile data usage on their networks. The rankings of the four operators in 4G speed haven’t changed since in our first India report, but the once huge gap between the fastest and slowest LTE speeds in India has shrunk considerably.

As a result we have a new winner in overall speed. Jio’s steadily increasing speeds, combined with its impressive LTE reach, led to the 4G-only operator claiming our overall speed award. Jio may not have the fastest 4G connections in our tests, but it was able to deliver a consistently faster overall mobile data experience.

For OpenSignal’s full analysis, check out our newest State of Mobile Networks: India report. And if you’re a smartphone user in India, tell us about your own mobile data experiences in the comments below.

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