With Reliance offering 4G speed reaching up to 135Mbps, people are crowding outside Reliance stores to get their hands on the Jio SIM card. However, things are not as rosy as they seem. Looks like Reliance is losing its 4g speed since the last one month. Ookla, the company behind world's most popular speed test app has tested the Jio speed and reported that the speed is down significantly compared to how it was earlier.
As per the tests conducted by Ookla there has been a significant rise in the number of 4G users in India. There has also been a continuous increase in 4G speed tests in first nine months of 2016. In January, only 97,630 people used the app to test 4G speed. In August the number was 2,742,413, and took a massive leap to 8, 214,512 in September 2016. On Sept 16, the number of Reliance Jio tester jumps to over 21 million. According to Reliance Jio, around 1.6 crore users had registered in Welcome Jio Offer.
This clearly indicates that Reliance Jio has no doubt gained popularity among the users. But there is a doubt about the speed though. There have been murmurs about the problem with the speed but now since the numbers released by Ookla back this, it is confirmed that truly there are some major issues with the speed of Jio. As per the data released by Ookla, the mean download speeds for 4G capable phones dropped 23 per cent month-over-month. In September alone the mean download speed has fallen from 11.31 Mbps to 8.77 Mbps.
Although Ookla reports that the mean download speed is still 8.77Mbps, users have reported speeds ranging from as low as 0.5Mbps upto as high as 25Mbps.
Despite its imperfections, it can be safely said that Jio is actually made a big impact and managed to change the 4G market in India with its huge number of users. Now the big question remains - how many of these Jio users will continue using the Jio 4G service after it is no longer free which is from January 1, 2017?