According to Ookla report on Tuesday, in terms of 4G availability, Jio has topped amongst all telecom service provides with 98.8 per cent availability in the second half of 2018. After Jio, Airtel happens to be in the second spot with 90 per cent availability.
A report titled, "Analyzing India's 4G Availability: Including a Look at the 15 Largest Cities" said, "At country-level, Jio shows an impressive 98.8 per cent 4G availability. That means that a Jio customer has access to LTE service at 98.8 per cent of surveyed locations. Airtel is second at 90.0 per cent, followed by Vodafone (84.6 per cent) and Idea (82.8 per cent)."
Although Vodafone and Idea have merged last August, the brands still are operating independently.
The report noted, "If that (Vodafone Idea operations) were to change, we'd expect to see better general availability for all customers as the two brands' coverage areas are complementary".
Talking of speed, Airtel turned out to be the fastest mobile operator in India during the review period regardless of the customer in LTE or not, said the Ookla report.
Other operators ranking does not change based on LTE usage with Vodafone coming second and Jio third followed with Idea that is fourth.
The speed score on 4G LTE for Airtel was 11.23, 9.13 for Vodafone, while Jio registered a score of 7.11, whereas Idea was 7.02.
The report added, "Until 5G is rolled out, LTE is the fastest connection type available to consumers. India shows us, however, that 4G availability does not automatically equate to fastest service. To compare which of India's largest mobile operators is fastest, we have used Speed Score, a combined measure of download and upload speed that incorporates several tiers of performance".
(With IANS inputs)