‘Airtel Fastest, Jio Most Consistent’
In 2016, Airtel is the fastest network and Reliance Jio, the most consistent says Kartik Chandrayana, Co-Founder & CEO of TwinPrime. His organization TwinPrime has recently released the State of Mobile Performance Report for 2016 H1 that ranks telecom carriers across four categories of performance, quality, variability, and coverage. In an email interview with Voice&Data San Francisco-based Chandrayana elaborates on methodology and technology used for the purpose and shares the findings for 2016 H1.
Voice&Data: What is the tracking methodology you have adopted for TwinPrime State of Mobile Performance Report for 2016-H1?
For the State of Mobile Performance H1 report, we analyzed over 6 billion data points collected from 600 apps with tra c across the hS, India and urope. We tracked more than 1, 00 di erent network operators to measure their performance over 2 , , ,SPA, ,SPA-P us, T and Wi i.
hsing the Twin Prime SD and our globally hosted Twin Prime accelerators, we are able to report on actual user experience as measured on the device side while users perform day-to-day tasks. Our data points are not network probes that measure overall network capability, which usually leads to an overestimation of the speed that the user experiences.
As far as analysis goes, due to the characteristics of mobile performance datasets (such as extremes and skewed distributions), we use percentiles for our analysis. We have also excluded accelerated tra c, as this would bias the results. Tell us about TwinPrime. What is the focus for TwinPrime?
Incepted in 201 , Twin Prime is an innovator in mobile data delivery optimi ation software, powers the fastest way to deliver content to mobile devices on both cellular and Wi- i networks. The company s AS technology utili es an automated hypothesis testing infrastructure to mitigate imperfections and variability in the wireless last mile by optimi ing and customi ing the content delivery strategy every time a mobile app is launched. Twin Prime solves for the inherent volatility and diversity among devices and networks so companies can increase user engagement and build brand a nity. These optimi ations are content agnostic, don t rely on caching, compression or content modification, and enable Twin Prime customers to engage their users by delivering high quality content, even over secure protocols like ,TTPS. ortune 00 brands, m-commerce, social media apps, advertising networks, publishers and companies of all sizes with a mobile presence rely on Twin Prime to connect with millions of customers daily.
Twin Prime is currently working with more than 15 apps and a set of another 20 companies that are in trial at various stages. In 201 , Twin Prime has announced its partnership with acebook for its bStart initiative as the only Mobile App Acceleration Partner. The company is working on the
importance of fast and responsive apps on mobile devices and witness a positive experience bettering the transaction speed especially for businesses like Nearbuy, Goibibo, Flipkart, redBus, Cleartrip among others. It is crucial for sectors like mcommerce, travel/ticketing, hotel, food delivery and consumer services among others.
The company received a $9.5 mn in Series A funding in March 2015 from top-tier venture firms including DFJ, True Ventures, Milliways Ventures and Moment Ventures. Voice&Data: According to State of Mobile Performance Report by Twin Prime, how the carriers rank across four categories of performance, quality, variability, and coverage. Kartik Chandrayana: If we talk about the carriers’ rank across all the four categories based on performance, quality, variability and coverage we found Airtel as the fastest carrier and Jio is the most consistent. We traced the specifications: Performance in terms of speed when downloading static files such as images Performance variability between the fastest and the average users Quality of the network in terms of network response time LTE Coverage as measured by the likelihood that an LTE user will access an LTE network when using an app The results are revealing. First, we notice speeds in the range of 1-2 mbps across the board. Airtel tops our rankings in performance across 2G, 3G, HSPA, and LTE.
It is also has the highest quality network. Jio, which launched in 2016, is slightly slower than Airtel, but tops our charts in consistency, which suggests that it provides a more uniform experience for its users. Jio also ranks first in our coverage metric, which is somewhat expected given that it is a 4G/LTE only network.
It is important to highlight that these are live performance numbers as experienced by mobile users in India. Static files, such as images, provide a good proxy of network performance, since the backend serving the images has to perform a simple memory lookup. We excluded dynamic files, such as JSON, from our results to avoid cases where slow performance would be an outcome of slow backends.
We measured performance for all networks (2G, 3G, HSPA, and LTE) and found that Airtel is the fastest carrier across the board. In LTE, Airtel tops (15% faster than Tata Docomo) followed by Aircel and Reliance at 3rd and 4th slot, and BSNL and JIO trail in 5th and 6th slot. To put this performance ranking into perspective, it would take on average 222ms to download a 40KB image on LTE over Airtel.
When looking at HSPA, Airtel’s dominance is undeniable, measuring 24% faster than Vodafone and 40% faster than third ranked Tata Docomo. Given that HSPA is the most dominant network technology in the Indian market, Airtel and Vodafone emerge as the best carriers (for now) in India. Read highlights from the report in the ensuing pages:
— Kartik Chandrayanan, Co-Founder & CEO, TwinPrime