Data published on Trai’s website on Thursday showed 4G speed on the network of Reliance Jio slower than speeds offered by Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone. The finding was, however, contested by the country’s newest telecom operator.
Trai’s analytics portal listed the 4G speed of Airtel at 11.4 megabits per second (mbps), Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications’ at 7.9 mbps, Idea’s at 7.6 mbps, and Vodafone’s at 7.3 mbps.
Jio, which is a 4G-only network, was recorded at 6.2 mbps.
In a response to comments sought by TOI, Jio disputed the Trai data. “With reference to statistics published on Trai’s analytics website, we have performed an internal analysis of the same. Based on this analysis, we believe that the comparison of Jio speeds with other operators has an inherent bias against Jio data usage,” the company’s statement said.
Is it worth getting a Jio Sim now ?
Thanks to MySpeed app, you atleast know if the network service around your location is good or not. The sim may not worth getting if you see the Jio coverage is not good in your area.
However, if you want to utilize whatever you get free for the next 2 months, then just go for it. Sim comes to you for free, so it does not really cost you anything other than your time. You might be travelling everyday and maybe at times you will encounter excellent speeds. Even if not that, calls and texts are free and you’ll be lucky if your call gets connected. If not, video calling could be another option that you could explore.
Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular have started rolling out some interesting offers that might be worth it. You should look at those and assess your situation. Getting a Jio sim is not as simple as it sounds, while these companies are trying to lure you into using their services.