Over the past few months, Reliance Jio has transformed the telecom industry to a great extent. But, with Jio’s entry, not only 4G data is being offered at cheap rates, the contest for providing fastest 4G has also paced up. In one of the latest commercials, Airtel claims that Ookla has tagged Airtel’s 4G speeds as fastest. Whereas on the other side, Jio claims that latest TRAI report suggests that Jio provides fastest 4G speeds. So, in order to find out the true claim, we tested the speeds of Airtel and Reliance Jio.

The Test

We have tested the speed of Jio’s 4G and Airtel 4G by putting both the SIMs in two similar handsets. The smartphone we have used for testing in different areas of Delhi is Vivo V5.

Location 1

Our test begins at a park in CP, where the crowd is usually high and we did our test around 11 AM. We have done our speed test with both TRAI and Ookla and let’s see what were our findings.

TRAI

The download speed on Jio was 7.5 Mbps while the upload speed was 6.73 Mbps. Coming to Airtel, the download speed was 4.2 Mbps and upload speed was 6.71 Mbps. Clearly, at our first location, Jio surpassed Airtel’s 4G speed with a slight margin.

Ookla

On Ookla, the results were quite similar but, with a change in figures. Jio gave us the download speed of 8 Mbps and upload speed was 2.6 Mbps. Airtel gave us a download speed of 0.14 Mbps while the upload speed was approximately 2 mbps. Again, Airtel has disappointed us with poor results at our first location.

Location 2

Our second test was done around buildings in CP only. As there is a slight difference in signals around buildings and within buildings, below is our findings

TRAI

Jio gave us a download speed of 1.1 Mbps while the upload speed was 1.3 Mbps. At our second location, Airtel gave us better results with 4.6 Mbps download speed and 4.2 Mbps upload speed.

Ookla

Ookla gave us surprising results and Jio performed quite poor at our second location. The download speed was 0.99 Mbps while the upload speed was 1.35 Mbps. Airtel was a clear winner in the speed test with 9.7 Mbps download speed and 6.1 Mbps upload speed.

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Location 3

Our next location was India Gate and we did our test again with both the applications. Below are the findings.

TRAI

Through this test, Airtel gave us 51 Mbps download speed, which was quite impressive while the upload speed was 4.8 Mbps. Jio disappointed us here with a download speed of  2.71 Mbps and poor upload speed of 0.16 Mbps.

Ookla

Jio again performed poor and gave us a download speed of 4.6 Mbps and upload speed of  0.18 Mbps. Airtel took the lead with a fair margin of 22 Mbps in download and approximately 4 Mbps in upload. Clearly, Airtel has surpassed Jio’s performance at our third location.

Location 4

Our next location was Khan Market and again we did our test with both the apps. Here are the findings

TRAI

Jio gave us a download speed of 7.52 Mbps while the upload speed was poor, measuring 0.63 Mbps. Airtel again gave us good results with 16 Mbps download speed and 6.67 Mbps upload speed.

Ookla

Through Ookla, Jio gave us a download speed of 1.35 Mbps and upload speed was 0.13 Mbps. Airtel again gave us better results with 7.29 Mbps download speed and 9.0 Mbps upload speed.

Location 5

So, we continued our test across different parts of Delhi and took a done our testing at Lajpat Nagar market. Below are the results.

TRAI

Jio gave us a download speed of 3.9 Mbps while the upload speed was quite better than the previous results but, not too good and measured 2.2 Mbps. Airtel gave us impressive results with a download speed of 18.11 Mbps and upload speed of 6.24 Mbps.

Ookla

Jio clocked a download speed of 3.16 Mbps while the upload speed was restricted to 2.74 Mbps. Airtel also gave us quite a poor result with 4.28 MBPS download speed and 8.61 Mbps upload speed. But, overall, again Airtel performed better than Jio.

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Location 6

Our next location was DLF City Place Mall, Saket and see what was the difference.

TRAI

Jio has consistently given us poor results and here the speed was 1.99 Mbps for download and  2.86 Mbps for upload. Whereas Airtel gave us a download speed of  4.09 Mbps and upload speed of 6.39 Mbps.

Ookla

Jio again gave us poor results with 2.64 Mbps download speed and 0 Mbps upload speed. Airtel gave us better results and gave us 12 Mbps download speed and 7.53 Mbps upload speed.

Location 7

Our last destination for speed test was Vasant Kunj and here is the speed difference between both the service providers.

TRAI

Jio again gave us poor results with 1.23 Mbps download speed and 0.12 Mbps as upload speed. Airtel again overshadows the Jio’s 4G speed with 23.64 Mbps download speed and 7.29 Mbps upload speed.

Conclusion

So, this was our speed test comparison between Airtel 4G and Jio 4G and clearly, Airtel has given us better results. After the Jio’s New Year offer ends, let’s see if there is any difference in the 4G speed of Jio or Airtel continues to lead the segment.