The Jio 5G network showed a higher median download speed of almost 600 megabits per second, while the Bharti Airtel network…
Major telecom network Jio 5G posted a peak median download speed of nearly 600 megabits per second, while Bharti Airtel’s network posted a peak speed of around 516 Mbps, the data research firm said on Tuesday. Ookla broadband speed in one gear.
The report, based on data collected from Speedtest Intelligence, showed 5G speed variation between low double-digits (16.27 Mbps) and 809.94 Mbps, which the company says is an indication of ongoing network calibration for 5G service.
While 5G services were officially launched on October 1, Ookla has been taking action since June 2022.
“In Delhi, Airtel reached a median download speed of almost 200 Mbps at 197.98 Mbps while Jio almost surpassed 600 Mbps (598.58 Mbps) in June 2022,” the report said.
This means that a two-hour high-definition movie, typically around 6 GB in file size, can be downloaded in 1 minute 25 seconds and a 4K movie in around 3 minutes at a maximum speed of 600 Mbps.
Bharti Airtel has started rolling out 5G services in eight cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Siliguri, Nagpur and Varanasi. Jio has started beta trials in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Varanasi.
Airtel’s network posted a maximum median speed of 516.57 Mbps in Varanasi.
In Kolkata, operators’ median download speeds varied the most since June 2022 – Airtel’s median download speed was 33.83 Mbps compared to Jio’s 482.02 Mbps.
In Mumbai, Airtel achieved a median download speed of 271.07 Mbps against 515.38 Mbps for Jio.
In Varanasi, Jio and Airtel have achieved closer parity, with Airtel achieving a median 5G download speed of 516.57 Mbps while Jio’s network has recorded a median download speed of 485.22 Mbps since June 2022.
5G services will gradually cover the whole country over the next two years – Jio promises to do so by December 2023 and Bharti Airtel by March 2024.
According to the Speedtest Global Index, India ranked 117th in the world for mobile download speed at 13.52 Mbps in August 2022.
The Ookla report says the new 5G results show that 5G speeds are far superior to the existing network in India.
He added that these early results need to be approached with caution, and 5G devices are already showing that they can achieve much faster speeds, at least under artificially controlled test circumstances.
Among Speedtest users, Jio saw the highest increase in 5G-enabled devices (67.4%), followed by Airtel (61.6%) and Vi India (56%), according to the report.