Vi became the fastest 4G operator in India, followed by Airtel, Jio: Ookla

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Vi (formerly known as Vodafone Idea) emerged as the fastest 4G mobile operator in India in the third quarter of this year, while Jio topped the 4G availability list among major providers of services, according to a report by network analysis firm Ookla. Data speeds vary among the country’s largest cities, according to the report, and Hyderabad was found to have the fastest download experience on mobile networks in the third quarter. Ookla noted that average download speeds on mobile networks in the country saw a year-over-year increase of 11.6%.

According to the report released by Ookla, Vi recorded an average download speed of 13.74 Mbps and an average upload speed of 6.19 Mbps in the third quarter. Airtel followed Vi with an average download speed of 13.58 Mbps and an average upload speed of 4.15 Mbps. Jio was in third place with download speeds of 9.71 Mbps and upload speeds of 3.41 Mbps on average in the third quarter.

In terms of regional performance, the Ookla report said that mobile download speeds vary among the largest cities in India during the third quarter. Hyderabad led this race with an average download speed on mobile networks of 14.35%, followed closely by Mumbai at 13.55 Mbps and Visakhapatnam at 13.40 Mbps. Delhi came sixth in the list of Indian cities with the highest download speeds, with an average speed of 13.04 Mbps.

Hyderabad had the fastest average mobile download speed in Q3, followed by Mumbai
Photo credit: Ookla

Based on data acquired from the Speedtest app on Android, Ookla mentioned that India led the way in 4G availability among the largest countries in South Asia in the third quarter, 94.7% tested locations showing available 4G. Bangladesh and Pakistan followed India with a 4G availability rate of 78.6 and 72.9%, respectively.

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India’s growth is largely contributed by Jio which drove the availability of 4G to 99.7% in the third quarter. Airtel followed with 4G available at 98.7% of sites tested over the same period, while Vi India came in third with 91.1%.

Operator 4G availability
Jio 99.7 percent
Airtel 98.7 percent
Vi 91.1 percent

Despite leading the 4G availability front, India followed Pakistan in average download speeds over mobile networks in the third quarter, according to Ookla. Pakistan had 39.7% faster download speeds than India, while Bangladesh was third for download speed and second for upload speed. This means that the average download speed in India was even lower than what was provided in Bangladesh – at a rate of 4.18 Mbps.

Nonetheless, average download speeds on mobile networks have improved in India between the third quarter of last year and this year. Pakistan, however, saw a 24.1% increase in its download speeds over the same period, according to the report.

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“Download speeds have remained broadly stable in the largest countries in South Asia, with only Pakistan showing a slight improvement year over year,” Ookla said.

India ranked 131st on Ookla’s Global Speedtest Index for mobile internet speeds in September with an average mobile download speed of 12.07 Mbps. The country’s neighbors were at the top of the list, with China in second place, Sri Lanka in 102nd place, and even Pakistan in 116th place as well as Nepal in 117th place.


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