India Has Better 4G Coverage Than UK, Canada, Australia; Jio Hailed As The LTE Catalyst For India


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After analysing 17 billion measurements, across 500,687 devices between July 1st and September 30th, OpenSignal has published their 7th State of LTE Report, and there are strong indications about India’s 4G revolution in their findings.

Testing speed and availability of 4G network across 78 countries, OpenSignal’s State of LTE report is one of the most followed reports on 4G speed and services across the globe.

As per the findings of this report, 4G LTE revolution has gripped India, and the catalyst which triggered this massive usage is none other than Reliance Jio.

Here are 3 interesting findings from this report:

1. India’s 4G LTE Availability Zooms Ahead UK, Canada and Australia

In terms of 4G LTE availability, India was ranked #24 last year, but this year, we have been ranked #15, which is the biggest improvement shown by any country.

4G Availability

As per the report, 81.6% of India is right now able to receive 4G LTE network services, and this way, we are better positioned than countries like UK, Canada, Australia, UAE and several European countries where 3G is still the most used network.

South Korea has the world’s best 4G availability across the world, followed by Japan and USA.

Ireland, Ecuador and Sri Lanka have the worst 4G availability.

2. Jio Triggers 4G LTE Boom in India

OpenSignal has openly, and warmly acknowledged the role played by Reliance Jio in triggered 4G LTE boom in India.

The report says, “India shot up our LTE availability rankings, reflecting a rare instance in which a single operator can have an outsized impact on a mobile market in just a short time. Jio’s nationwide 4G launch in September attracted 100 million LTE subscribers, making 4G services far more accessible in India but at the expense of lower average speeds.”

In fact, it is rare for OpenSignal to credit a revolution in telecom services to any one particular service provider. But the might and disruption created by Jio forced OpenSignal to highlight this fact.

3. But 4G Speed Remains A Concern

The only dark spot in this report, vis-a-vis to India’s performance in 4G LTE adoption and usage is the speed factor. In fact, in the overall ranking based on 4G speed, we have been ranked right at the bottom of the chart, and a tiny country named Costa Rica is the only country which has worst 4G speed than ours.

4G SPeed comparison

The report says, “But while signals may be plentiful in India, capacity isn’t. India has some of the slowest LTE speeds in the world”

Singapore is world’s #1 country when it comes to 4G speed, while South Korea, Hungary and Norway are at #2, #3 and #4 position.

In fact, the report also mentions that the problem of speed is a major concern globally, and even countries like the US and Hong Kong has below global average speed in LTE domain.

Overall, 16.2 Mbps is the global average of 4G speed, and only 45 countries have 20 Mbps or above speed in 4G network.

You can find the complete report here.

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