A report by network intelligence and connectivity insights provider Ookla said that Reliance Jio recorded almost 600 Mbps average download speed on its 5G network in Delhi, Airtel reached almost 200 Mbps average download speed at 197.98 Mbps and India’s general 5G speed reached 500 Mbps.
“The new 5G results show that 5G speeds are far superior to India’s existing network. While we need to approach these early results with caution, 5G devices are already showing that they can achieve much faster speeds, at least under artificially controlled testing circumstances.” , for example, no network congestion and optimal network coverage,” the report noted.
Ookla conducted this ‘Speedtest Intelligence’ to show initial 5G performance in selected cities, as well as an indication of the growth in the number of 5G-capable devices.
Telecom operators are testing their networks, and Ookla’s test shows a wide range of 5G download speeds: from low double digits (16.27 Mbps) to a staggering 809.94 Mbps, which points to the fact that operators are still recalibrating their networks. These speeds are expected to be more stable as networks enter the commercial stage.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 5G services in selected Indian cities on October 1. Airtel announced that its 5G services would be available in eight cities, while Reliance Jio launched the ‘Jio True 5G for All’ 5G beta test in four Indian cities. India’s third-largest telecom operator, Vodafone Idea, despite financial problems, India also reiterated its commitment to the launch of 5G, but has yet to provide specific timelines.
Jio and Airtel – The 5G race in 4 cities
Ookla said its Speedtest was done to compare average 5G download speeds in four cities where Jio and Airtel built their networks.
In Delhi, Airtel has reached an average download speed of nearly 200 Mbps to 197.98 Mbps, while Jio has nearly broken 600 Mbps (598.58 Mbps) since June 2022.
In Kolkata, operators’ average download speeds have varied the most since June 2022: Airtel’s average download speed was 33.83 Mbps, while Jio had an average download speed of 482.02 Mbps.
In Mumbai, one of India’s most densely populated cities, Airtel trailed Jio once again, reaching an average download speed of 271.07 Mbps compared to Jio’s average download speed of 515.38 Mbps since June 2022. .
In Varanasi, Airtel outperformed its rival by achieving an average 5G download speed of 516.57 Mbps to Jio’s average download speed of 485.22 Mbps since June 2022.
Ookla pointed out that Jio’s 5G performance differs depending on the spectrum band he uses. Jio’s 5G network using C-band (n=78) results in performance ranging between 606.53 Mbps and 875.26 Mbps average download speed. While 5G networks that use the lower frequency band – 700 MHz (n = 28), the so-called coverage band, offer speeds of less than 100 Mbps average download speed, ranging between 78.69 Mbps and 95.13 Mbps. Airtel, on the other hand, achieved speeds of 365.48 Mbps to 716.85 Mbps by deploying 5G using only its C-band spectrum.
Recall that in the recent 5G spectrum auction, Jio acquired most of the spectrum, especially in the highly sought after C-band spectrum, and Jio was the only operator that acquired the 700 MHz band.
top iPhone 12 5G
According to the recent Ookla consumer survey, 89 of Indian smartphone users are ready to upgrade to 5G. Among Speedtest users, Jio had the biggest increase in 5G capable devices (67.4%), followed by Airtel (61.6%) and Vi India (56%).
Hyderabad is where all operators have seen significant growth in terms of 5G capable devices, with Jio even tripling its install base.
Ookla said the top smartphone providers on the market are Samsung (31%), followed by Xiaomi (23%), Realme and Vivo. While only one in ten respondents has an iPhone, Apple smartphones tend to be more capable of 5G. According to Speedtest data, iPhone 12 5G is the most popular 5G compatible device in Indian market.
According to the Global Speedtest Index, India ranked 117th in the world for mobile download speed at 13.52 Mbps in August.