Reliance Jio and Airtel have found themselves amidst an internet speed test war. Airtel, in an advertisement, claimed to give its users the fastest 4G internet speeds. Jio has not been too happy with it, and filed a complaint with the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), against Airtel. The Airtel advertisement was based on Ookla speed tests, according to which Airtel has the fastest internet 4G speed in India. Meanwhile, Ookla too took a stand and said that Airtel 4G indeed provides its users with the fastest internet speed in India. Ookla had said, “Ookla named Airtel as the ‘Fastest Mobile Network’ in India based on data from Q3 and Q4 of 2016. When analysing markets, like India, we take many factors into consideration, including dual SIM devices, network technology, device types, and more.” Meanwhile, Jio said, “The claim of Airtel that it is India’s fastest network is false, misleading and incorrect. This claim is being made by Airtel acting in a mala fide manner in collusion with Ookla, LLC.” Airtel also complained that Jio is trying to tarnish its image through misinformation. It said that the complaint is a deliberate attempt to malign the brand image.
While the companies fight it out with each other, if you as a consumer want to test which of your network providers give you the fastest internet speeds, you can check these apps on your smartphone.
Sensorly (4G map & speed test)
“Users can see coverage maps and speed test maps of your carrier’s 3G, LTE, 4G or Wifi network, based on actual signal and speed readings provided by other users! See how much time your phone really is connected to your 4G network.”
Open Signal speed test
“With OpenSignal you can see cell towers around you on a map, and the signal compass points you in the direction you need to walk in to improve your connection immediately. This app is something like that gives users what they exactly want. Users can take a one-click speed test of download or upload, view history, share the previous test- results. The best part is that it fits compatible for a wide range of smartphones.”
Simple Speed Check
“Simple Speed Check makes it easy to test your internet speed. It’s easy, fast and accurate and the test results are presented in a user-friendly way with icons explaining what the internet speed can be used for.”
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Internet Speed Check
“Internet Speed Check is a powerful, advanced tool which helps you to measure Internet connection speed on Android. The application is equipped with a modern, intuitive interface. For more experienced users, there is also a large number of configuration options.”
Internet Speed Meter Lite
“Internet Speed Meter Lite displays your internet speed in status bar and shows the amount of data used in notification pane. This helps you to monitor network connection anytime while using your device.”