OpenSignal’s report contradicts the results of India’s Telecom Regulator – TRAI.



OpenSignal in a post on Thursday declared Airtel as the fastest wireless carrier in India, for both 4G and 3G speeds.

The company that specialises in wireless coverage mapping said via its first State of Mobile Networks India report, that the average download speeds in India were still very slow compared to the global average speed of 17.4Mbps.

Based on a survey on 1.3 billion measurements from 93,464 customers on the major wireless networks between December 2016 and February 2017, OpenSignal stated that Airtel’s average 4G speeds came in at 11.5 Mbps, followed by Vodafone and Idea at 8.59 Mbps and 8.34 Mbps speeds respectively. New entrant, Reliance Jio’s speed was an embarrassing 3.92 Mbps and was placed by the insight provider in the fourth place.

OpenSignal accentuates that the report has come at an opportune time, as ‘the launch of Reliance Jio and its inexpensive all-inclusive service plans’, has brought large scale disruption to the market. This report nonetheless is concerning since it contradicts the findings of India’s regulatory body.

In its report last month, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), suggested that Reliance Jio’s average download speed of 16.48 mbps was almost double than that of its rivals Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular. The private insight provider’s findings is bound to intensify the rivalry between Reliance Jio and Airtel and trigger a war of ads between the two industry giants.

Meanwhile, OpenSignal in a statement said, ‘The findings reveal that Airtel didn’t just win OpenSignal’s 4G speed award, it wound up on top of 3G and overall rankings as well. OpenSignal measured Airtel’s average LTE download speed at 11.5 mbps, which was 3 mbps faster than the results measured on its nearest rivals Vodafone and Idea’.