Reliance Jio has helped India take a big leap in terms of Global 4G availability ranking. Jio launch attracted 100 mn subscribers in its first six months. This is the main reason why India reached 15th spot in the 4G availability globally, a survey done by London-based wireless coverage mapping company OpenSignal. For its report, OpenSignal collected data from regular consumer smartphones under conditions of normal usage and covered 75 countries.
According to OpenSignal’s State of LTE report, earlier India had 71.6% 4G availability in third quarter which increased to 81.6% in the first quarter of 2017. Users were able to find an LTE signal 81.6% of time in first quarter of 2017. This score made India achieve the 15th spot among the 75 countries in the state of LTE repot.
Reliance Jio is the single operator which has contributed major improvement in 4G availability in India. The survey measured Reliance Jio’s 4G availability at more than 90%, while the other major operators fell below 60%.
This is the rare instance where a single operator has outsized impact on a mobile market in a very short period of time. According to reports, The 4G download speeds averaged 5.1 Mbps in the country, dropping more than a megabit per second in just six months.
“These 4G download speeds are only marginally faster than the average global 3G download speed which is at 4.4Mbps,” the findings showed.
While India ranked 15th, South Korea on the other hand scored highest in 4G availability and second highest in 4G download speed in tests.