Jio 5G network significantly better than Airtel, Ookla 5G test report shows

Jio 5G network significantly better than Airtel, Ookla 5G test report shows

Jio’s 5G network showed nearly 600 Mbps median download speed in Delhi, according to Speedtest results by Ookla.

Ookla used Speedtest data to compare median 5G download speeds across four cities where both Jio and Airtel built their networks.

In the national capital, Airtel reached almost 200 Mbps median download speed of 197.98 Mbps while Jio almost broke 600 Mbps (598.58 Mbps) since June 2022.

In Kolkata, operators’ median download speeds varied the most since June 2022: Airtel’s median download speed was 33.83 Mbps while Jio had a much faster median download speed of 482.02 Mbps.

In Mumbai, one of the most densely populated cities in India, Airtel fell behind Jio once again, reaching 271.07 Mbps median download speed compared to Jio’s median download of 515.38 Mbps since June 2022.

In Varanasi, Jio and Airtel achieved closer parity, with Airtel achieving a 5G median download speed of 516.57 Mbps to Jio’s 485.22 Mbps median download speed since June 2022.

“When we cross-reference operators’ 5G speeds versus the frequency band they’re using, we see a caveat,” Ookla said.

During the recent spectrum auction, Jio acquired the most spectrum, especially in the highly coveted Cband spectrum, and Jio was the only operator to acquire the 700 MHz band. This gives Reliance Jio an advantage compared to C-band-only providers, especially since the low-band spectrum provides better indoor signal penetration in urban areas and also better coverage in rural areas.

Using Speedtest Intelligence data, it showed that Jio’s 5G performance varies depending on the spectrum band it uses, Ookla said.

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Jio’s 5G network using the C-band results in performance ranging between 606.53 Mbps and 875.26 Mbps median download speed.

While 5G networks using the lower 700 MHz frequency band (n() so-called coverage bands) provide speeds lower than 100 Mbps median download speed, which varies between 78.69 Mbps and 95.13 Mbps.

Airtel, on the other hand, achieved speeds ranging from 365.48 Mbps to 716.85 Mbps by deploying 5G using only the C-band spectrum.



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