Reliance Jio Earned the Top Position in Terms of 4G Download Speed and Availability of 4G Network

The telecom arm of Reliance Industries (RIL), Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited has been creating a huge impact on the Indian telecom sector since its launch on 5th September 2016.

Reliance Jio’s download speed as per TRAI

According to a report by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), in March 2017, the average download speed of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio was 16.48 megabit per second (Mbps). This was almost double of what its competitors offered. Theoretically, one Bollywood movie can be downloaded in around five minutes at 16 Mbps speed. TRAI gathered and calculated the data download speed on a real-time basis using its MySpeed application.

Reliance Jio’s challenge

In an advertisement campaign by a leading telecom operator, the company claimed to be ‘officially’ the fastest network in the country.

However, Reliance Jio challenged the company, after which, the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) found the claim misleading. ASCI asked the telecom company to modify or withdraw the advertisement by 11th of April 2017.  The company complied with the same.

OpenSignal report 

According to a report by OpenSignal, Reliance Jio ranked the highest in terms of availability of the 4G network. A statement said that OpenSignal’s testers found a 4G signal availability 91.6 percent of the time on Reliance Jio’s network. The company stated that Reliance Jio’s network availability was the widest and outstanding as per global standard. On the other hand, no other telecom operator in India scored more than 60 percent in OpenSignal’s 4G network availability tests.

A private company, OpenSignal conducted the survey in Delhi, Mumbai, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu.  The survey was conducted between the period of December 2016 and February 2017. It claimed to have gathered information from 1.3 billion data points covering a total of 93,464 subscribers. 

Offers by Reliance Jio 

Since its launch in September 2016, Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio has been providing several beneficial offers to its users. Soon before the end of its free services, Reliance Jio announced the Jio Prime subscription in February 2017. The Jio Prime membership was priced at INR 99 with a validity up to 31st March 2018. Jio Prime members enjoy additional benefits as compared to non-prime members.

Even after initiating its paid services, the company successfully garnered more than 72 million subscribers. Recently, the company announced Jio Dhan Dhana Dhan offer, under which Jio users could enjoy unlimited data and voice calling benefits for 84 days. Jio Prime members enjoy 1 GB 4G data per day, free voice calls, SMS, and access to Jio apps on a recharge of INR 309. With a recharge of INR 509, the users enjoy 2 GB 4G data per day along with the aforementioned benefits. Non-prime members could avail of these benefits with a recharge of INR 408 or INR 608 respectively.

Summary

Reliance Jio ranked first in terms of 4G download speed as per a report by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Moreover, it also recorded the widest availability of 4G network according to a report by OpenSignal.

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