Airtel Vs Jio Speed Claims: Uncovering the Truth

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Ever since Airtel was named and awarded as the fastest network by Ookla, the social world has been abuzz. Few reviewers and  Jio have come up with stories which state that the certification is wrong and incorrect. Jio’s point is about how a dual SIM phone tags a Jio result as Airtel’s and hence the results are inaccurate.
Let’s look into their claim – they say that the results are shown to the SIM Slot 1 regardless of which sim is being tested. Basically as per Jio if you have dual SIM phone and you are using Data from SIM 2, Ookla will still count it as the speed of SIM 1.
Is this correct then?
Not actually, the speed test app tags the calling SIM. The number of the SIM tray is a baseless logic. Ookla themselves have come forward and said that even if the Android platform is showing a certain display – they have some 100 ways to check the “Active Carrier” of the tested SIM including fool proof things like IP.
Let’s just go with Jio’s argument for a second. Dual SIM phone can have these possible combinations.
  • Jio as data and airtel as For Call – Let’s say here Jio samples are getting WRONGLY attributed to airtel
  • Airtel as data and Jio For Call – Jio CANNOT get configured as a voice only SIM (it does not have 2G / 3G); hence the attribution is correct and only to Airtel India

What does this mean?
Ookla average of 8.76 to Airtel and 7.47 to Jio. So if we remove Jio’s low average samples from Airtel’s high average samples – Airtel in fact becomes even faster. Maths is simple. Jio is right now wishing they would have done the calculation BEFORE making a questionable claim
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