March 22, 2017

Reliance Jio Claims Foul Over Airtel's Fastest 4G Network Claims

20 March 2017, 09:39 | Megan Pierce

Reliance Jio Claims Foul Over Airtel's Fastest 4G Network Claims

Reliance Jio Claims Foul Over Airtel's Fastest 4G Network Claims

Telecom operator Reliance Jio has approached advertisement sector watchdog ASCI against Bharti Airtel saying the latter's claim of being "officially the fastest network" is "misleading" and done in "mala fide manner in collusion with" broadband speed tester Ookla. "Airtel can not claim ignorance of the methodology used by Ookla for determination of the speed", it added.

Reliance Jio also informed the ASCI that it has sent a legal notice to Ookla, LLC, who according to the telco professes to be experts in the domain space of testing mobile internet speed.

Taking on unlimited data plans offered by Reliance Jio, Airtel and others, BSNL will also provide 25 minutes of free calls per day to other networks and after that the users will be charged 25 paise per minute.

However, Airtel has responded by saying that it's claim is based on data collected from "millions" of phones.

Recently Airtel started advertising that it runs India's fastest network.

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Jio told ASCI that Ookla - which had dubbed Airtel as "Officially The Fastest Network" - does not have any accreditation from the Indian government.

When contacted, Airtel spokesperson said Airtel has been rated as India's fastest mobile network by Ookla - the global leader in broadband testing and web-based network diagnostic applications. However, we've learned from people familiar with the matter, that Reliance Jio is unhappy with Airtel's claims as it looks flawed due to a drastic bug found in Ookla's Speedtest app.

Ever since mobile data begin to dominate the telecom industry, companies have been trying to outpace each other by trumpeting the speeds their networks are generating whether it's on television commercials or social media campaigns.

Recently, Bharti Airtel announced a "Surprise offer" under which postpaid users get 30GB data for three months, starting March 13. Meanwhile, a few weeks ago TRAI data revealed that the title for the fastest network of January actually belonged to Jio. This often results in different data for different services, yet when they feature on top of a list, telecom companies like to beat their drum and share these figures with consumers.

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