Jio Proves Airtel's Margin of Victory on Being the Fastest Network is Actually Even Higher



As per the new development Jio is landing up doing the job for Airtel’s marketing team. Jio has walked into a situation whereby by questioning Airtel’s claim of being the fastest has ended up proving them (Airtel) only faster!

To help you with some history:  Jio started by saying that it doesn't support Ookla’s claim of Airtel being the fastest 4G network in India (as per there latest ad camapign). The outcome of this tussle is that Jio filed a complaint with the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI). Jio is saying this basis the one argument that states that in DUAL SIM phones results are getting wrongly tagged hence Ookla’s data is inaccurate. They even went ahead and publically stated that they have filed a case against Ookla.
In a rather embarrassing turn for Jio, Ookla has rubbished both the claims:
  • On Dual Sim: “In these situations, Ookla applies additional data sources and mechanisms during post processing to help determine the actual data carrier being tested. For example, Ookla matches the connection IP address recorded during the test to known carrier IP blocks.This enables Ookla to determine the actual data carrier with a high degree of confidence. Airtel’s margin of victory increased when the complete analysis was performed.” (Source Ookla’s official Statement)
  • On Legal Case: “Jio’s statements that we informed them of flawed data and proceeded to release misinformation anyway are completely untrue. Jio is actually a client of ours and…it is incredibly unfortunate that they have never contacted us directly about any of these matters and instead have chosen to make public statements that are absolutely false,” added the spokesperson. (Source Ookla’s official Statement)
Even if for the sake of argument, let's say that we go with Jio’s argument:
  • Jio’s argument: The 4G internet speed results are credited to the SIM Slot 1 (regardless of who is getting tested)
  • Actual Fact: The speed test gets tagged to “calling SIM”. SO the slot number is hardly of any concern.
Now lets imagine a dual SIM scenario with a device having Airtel and Jio SIMs. The SIMs can be marked as 4G data or Voice only (2G/3G network with no internet). There are two conceivable mixes in which this can work:

Case 1:  Jio as 4G Data / Airtel as Voice only 
Outcome 1: Jio tests can be WRONGLY attributed to Airtel

Case 2: Airtel as 4G Data / Jio as Voice only  
Outcome 2: Since Jio does not have a 2G/3G network, the Jio SIM de-registers itself for this situation, hence Airtel speed test results get attributed to Airtel only.

It's important to note, that since it is not possible that Jio can get configured as a voice only SIM (therby disregarding case 2); the corruption of samples can only happen from Jio to Airtel and not the other way round.

Here comes the catch:

  • Average of Jio Results (Which are unadulterated) = 7.47
  • Average of Airtel Results (Which are apparently adulterated) = 8.76
If you remove Jio results from the Airtel sample – the Airtel average only goes further up. Jio might have been better off letting Airtel claim what they had because this has clearly boomeranged.




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