Airtel’s Mobile Data Speed Was 97% Faster Than Jio At Kumbh Mela

Airtel has been claiming, basis multiple studies, that its mobile network is the fastest in the country. Global broadband and mobile data speed testing firms like Ookla and OpenSignal have testified for this claim in the past. Today the claim got further vindicated as reports found Airtel’s mobile data speed was almost double than its nearest rival Reliance Jio during this year’s Kumbh Mela – India’s largest spiritual gather that takes place once in every 12 years.

During the Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj, Airtel’s mean download speed was 15.83 mbps as compared Reliance Jio’s 8.04 mbps. Jio was the second fastest mobile data provider during the spiritual gathering. Vodafone’s average download speed was 7.61 mbps and Idea remained the slowest operator with 5.16 mbps.

As far as mobile data speed for uploading  is concerned, Jio was fastest with average upload speed of 4.79 mbps with Airtel closely following with 4.67 mbps. Idea and Vodafone offered average upload speed of 3.93 mbps and 3.03 mbps respectively.

If we take a look at the latency as a measure of connectivity, Airtel offered the least latency – of 52 milliseconds, as compared to Jio that had a latency of 104 milliseconds – the highest. It is to be remembered that lower the latency, the better, as it offers better customer experience. Vodafone and Idea’s latency recorded as 68 and 77 milliseconds.

This year’s Kumbh Mela that took place in Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh saw more than 100 million people, from all parts of the world, congregate at the holy place and took spiritual dives in the river Ganga. All the telecom operators of the country – BSNL, Airtel, Jio and Vodafone Idea – upped the ante and augmented their telecom networks to sustain the surge in the voice as well as data demand during two-month period.

“Airtel’s emphasis on increasing capacity paid off in speed with their mean download speed in the vicinity of the Kumbh Mela coming in 96.9% faster than that of second-place Jio,” mentioned Ookla Speedtest that prepared the report.

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