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Airtel’s data speed was fastest during Kumbh Mela, says report


Bharti Airtel’s data download speed during Kumbh Mela (January 14-March 4) in Prayagraj was nearly double the speed of Reliance Jio Infocomm, (RJio) according to a report.

Vodafone came third, while Idea was a distant fourth.

“Airtel’s emphasis on increasing the capacity paid off in speed, with its mean download speed in the vicinity of the Kumbh Mela coming 96.9 per cent faster than that of RJio,” said the report by Ookla, a broadband testing and webbased network diagnostic applicatio­ns company.

Airtel’s mean download speed stood at 15.83 MBPS and upload speed at 4.67 MBPS, with a 52 milli-second (MS) latency.

RJio’s download speed was at 8.04 MBPS, with an upload speed at 4.79 MBPS and a 104 MS latency. For Vodafone, download speed stood at 7.61 MBPS, while uploads were at 3.03 MBPS and latency at 68 MS.

In the case of Idea, the downloads were at 5.16 MBPS, uploads at 3.93 MBPS and latency at 77 MS, the report added.

Ookla examined mobile speeds and 4G usage in and around Prayagraj.

The operators had made significan­t efforts to serve lakhs and lakhs of pilgrims.

Airtel had deployed massive multiple-input and multipleou­tput (MIMO) infrastruc­ture to expand network capacity, while RJio launched an app that included real-time info on events and a family locator.

Vodafone-Idea (now an Aditya Birla Group company that provides services on both Vodafone and Idea brands) offered an RFID tag to help locate children.

Local speed

The Ardh Kumbh Mela drew over 100 million visitors.

Visiting mobile customers from seven telecom circles (Rajasthan, Madya Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi,West UP, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh) showed faster download speeds in eastern UP (Prayagraj) than local customers.

The Rajasthan telecom circle showed the fastest download speed when roaming in East UP at 9.10 MBPS, 9.6 per cent faster than the local download speed.

Customers from another 12 telecom circles (Himachal Pradesh, Kolkata, Haryana, Maharashtr­a and Goa, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Mumbai) saw slower mean download speeds than local East UP customers.

The Himachal Pradesh telecom circle showed the slowest mean download speed when “roaming” in East UP at 6.15 MBPS, 25.9 per cent slower than the local download speed.

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