Vodafone Idea Becomes India’s Fastest 4G Mobile Network

Vodafone Idea now Vi

Vodafone Idea (Vi) registered 13.74Mbps of average download speed and 6.19Mbps of average upload speed in the third quarter, according to Ookla.

Vi (formerly known as Vodafone Idea) emerged as the fastest mobile operator over 4G in India in the third quarter of this year, while Jio led the list of 4G availability among top service providers, according to a report by network analyst firm Ookla. As per the report, data speeds vary among the largest cities in the country, and Hyderabad was found to have the fastest download experience over mobile networks in the third quarter. Ookla noted that the average download speeds over mobile networks in the country saw a year-over-year increase of 11.6 percent.

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Reliance Jio Ranks Third in 4G Mobile Network Speed: Vodafone Idea Leading

In terms of 4G mobile network speed, Jio ranks next to Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel. According to the report, the average downloading speed of Vodafone Idea in the September quarter was 13.54Mbps, while the average uploading speed was 6.19 Mbps. Airtel ranks second in terms of providing a fast 4G network. Bharti Airtel had an average download speed of 13.58Mbps in the September quarter, while Airtel had average uploading of 4.15Mbps during the same period. If you talk about Reliance Jio, then Jio comes in third place in terms of the fastest 4G network. Reliance Jio’s 4G speed averaged 9.71Mbps in the September quarter, while the average uploading speed was 3.41Mbps in the same quarter.

These cities remain on top in terms of internet speed

The average 4G mobile download speed of Hyderabad was 14.35Mbps. Mumbai’s average downloading speed was 13.55Mbps, while Visakhapatnam’s average downloading speed was 13.40Mbps. Delhi was India’s top downloading speed city with an average of 13.04Mbps. Hyderabadi and then Mumbai number comes in this list.

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

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India’s growth is largely contributed by Jio that led to 4G availability at 99.7 percent during the third quarter. Airtel followed with 4G available in 98.7 percent of tested locations during the same period, while Vodafone Idea India came third at 91.1 percent.

Despite leading on the 4G availability front, India trailed Pakistan on the part of average download speeds over mobile networks in the third quarter, as per Ookla. Pakistan had 39.7 percent faster download speeds over India, whereas Bangladesh was third for download speed and second for upload speed. This means that the average upload speed in India was even lower than what was provided in Bangladesh — at a rate of 4.18Mbps.

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India ranked 131st position on Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index for mobile Internet speeds in the month of September with an average mobile download speed of 12.07Mbps. The country’s neighbors were above it on the list, with China on the second spot, Sri Lanka on the 102nd position, and even Pakistan capturing the 116th rank as well as Nepal holding the 117th position.

Lingraj Sahu
Lingraj is one of the youngest members of PhoneTalk, and a recent tech geek convert. When he's not churning out articles, you’ll find him watching sports, exploring new places, and listening to music.