Jio Mobile 4G and BSNL landline Broadband ROUGH speed data for my home PC in Puttaparthi

Given below are the rough conclusions drawn from my detailed speed tests (given towards the bottom of this post) done from 25th July 2017 to 29th July 2017 on my home desktop PC in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, India:

[I am on 25GB_8Mbps BSNL landline broadband plan, and 399 plan on Jio which is 4G speed upto 1 GB data per day. I recently procured a (used) Huawei unlocked 3G/4G USB Dongle and then got a Reliance Jio SIM and connection package. I do not use the Jio SIM with a phone – I don’t have a 4G phone. I use the JIO SIM, as of now, only with the USB dongle plugged in to my PC.]

A) BSNL Landline broadband speed is consistent in the range of 5.5 to 6.5 Mbps throughout the day.

B) Jio speed varies over time. This variance is over time periods like morning, afternoon, evening, late night and early morning, and also within each of these time periods. But one gets an idea of the average speed range within such time periods. Given below are my rough conclusions about typical speeds by quick look at the data and not a thorough analysis (so there could be slight errors in the rough conclusions). Further the data set is also not exhaustive.

TYPICAL JIO 4G SPEED for my home desktop PC (location) in Puttaparthi

  • 3 to 7 Mbps: Morning and afternoon (say 6 AM to 5 PM) speed
  • 2 to 6 Mbps: Evening (say 5 PM to 10 PM) speed
  • 4 to 9 Mbps: Late night and early morning (say 10 PM to 6 AM) speed. There are transient highs of upto 16 Mbps

Typically with speeds of 3 Mbps and greater (and perhaps for 2 Mbps speeds too), youtube video playback is smooth without need (or very rare need) for pauses to buffer and even when playing it in full size on 21/22 in. desktop screen, the video is sharp and quite well-defined. Also Facebook loads fast and scrolling down on Facebook wall loads up images quickly (there may be some times when its loading of images is slow but that is usually transient, at such download speeds).

Youtube and Facebook are my litmus tests for acceptable Internet speed. In the above cases, the speeds are acceptable and sometimes really good (better than just acceptable).

After the 1GB data limit is crossed, Jio speed drops to 0.10 to 0.13 Mbps range [Official Jio post 4G speed is 128 Kbps]. Typically with such low speeds youtube video playback becomes sluggish needing multiple pauses for buffering, and the video becomes fuzzy especially on my 21/22 inch desktop screen. Also Facebook page loading is slow and scrolling down on Facebook wall shows up blank icons for images which take time to fill out with the actual images.

Unsurprisingly, these are unacceptably slow speeds for my regular Internet usage on desktop PC (perhaps mobile Internet performance may not be so bad).

Note that Jio data limit reset happens a few minutes after midnight 12:00 AM after which I get 4G speed again on the Jio connection.

C) I also checked out BSNL 3G mobile Internet speeds (as of now BSNL does not offer 4G Mobile Internet as far as I know, and for sure it does not offer 4G Mobile Internet in Puttaparthi). But it is offering pretty attractively priced mobile Internet data plans! So I thought of checking out BSNL 3G speeds. I got three readings of 0.12, 0.37 and 0.97 Mbps. I think typical BSNL mobile Internet speed when connected to my desktop in Puttaparthi would be around 0.5 Mbps. While this is better than the 0.10 to 0.13 Mbps range of post 4G data limit speed of Jio, it still is not good enough speed for my regular usage as youtube vidoes playback and Facebook loading of images would be slow.

DETAILED SPEED TEST LOG
Readers may feel free to skip the rest of this post as it has only the detailed log given below for the speed tests I conducted from 25th Jul 2017 till 29-Jul-2017.

Speed Tests for BSNL Landline Broadband, Jio 4G and BSNL Mobile 3G in end July 2017 are given below.

Only Download speeds are given below (using speedtest.net unless otherwise specified). Note that at times speedtest.net seems to have given faulty results.

There are two ways to connect to the Internet using Jio on PC. One way is to use the Huawei Mobile Internet application installed by installation process. This process is a little involved as one has to key in administrative password and then wait for the application user interface to come up. Then one can choose Connect in the app to make the Internet conection. The other way is to simply click the Windows 7 task bar LoopMobile icon which can be setup to automatically connect to Jio Internet on restart of PC. I was not sure initially whether there could be some speed differences between Huawei Internet Mobile app initiated connection and the Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile initiated connection, and so specified in the detailed log which connection mechanism I used to connect to the Internet. Now I don’t think there is any speed difference between these two ways of connecting to the Internet.

On 25-Jul-2017
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Around 8.30 PM, Jio 4G on Dongle (using Huawei Internet Mobile App.) got speed of 2.06 Mbps
and a little while later 4.35 Mbps
At 10.34 PM it (Jio 4G speed) was (around) 3 Mbps

Switched to BSNL Landline broadband. Between 10.35 PM to 10.40 PM got speeds of (around) 6.5 Mbps
and 5.5 Mbps

 

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 11:28 PM – 5.93 Mbps
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 11:34 PM – 2.53 Mbps

Using Huawei Mobile Internet App APN connection (jionet), at around 11:40 PM – 3.63 Mbps

On 26-Jul-2017
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Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 1:14 AM – 5.45 Mbps
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 1:16 AM – 4.19 Mbps
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 1:18 AM – 12.77 Mbps

With beta.speedtest.net
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 1:22 AM – 8.12 Mbps
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 1:25 AM – 3.72 Mbps
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 1:25 AM – 7.18 Mbps
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 1:43 AM – 7.09 Mbps

Using Huawei Mobile Internet App APN connection (jionet), at around 1:55 AM – 8.84 Mbps
Using Huawei Mobile Internet App APN connection (jionet), at around 2:03 AM – 8.45 Mbps
Using Huawei Mobile Internet App APN connection (jionet), at around 2:30 AM – 8.53 Mbps

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 2:31 AM – 8.29 Mbps
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 2:32 AM – 8.66 Mbps

 

[Continuing tests in evening of of 26-Jul-2017]

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 9:43 PM – 2.37 Mbps

Used SMS DATA4 on 3G BSNL Nokia phone to get 20 MB data access (at lower price)
Connected Nokia E-52 to PC. Got prompt to run some Nokia setup program. Ran it.
Nokia PC Internet Access window popped up. AFter detecting it showed three bsnl connection options. Went with the first bsnlnet. It connected.

Using BSNL 3G connection (bsnlnet) on Nokia PC Internet Access, at around 10:06 PM – 0.12 Mbps
Using BSNL 3G connection (bsnlnet) on Nokia PC Internet Access, at around 10:06 PM – 0.37 Mbps

Using BSNL landline broadband, at around 10:37 PM – 5.61 Mbps
Using BSNL landline broadband, at around 10:42 PM – 4.84 Mbps

Using BSNL 3G connection (bsnlnet) on Nokia PC Internet Access, at around 10:47 PM – 0.97 Mbps

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 11:15 PM – 4.05 Mbps
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 11:29 PM – 6.29 Mbps

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 11:34 PM – 0.12 Mbps (midway; test takes too long to complete)!!!!
[Confirmed from Jio My Account that my Data balance from 1 GB limit for today (26-Jul-2017) is showing as 0!!!
No wonder Jio speed drops to something close to its specified 128 Kbps speed after crossing 1 GB for the day.

Even opening up youtube page with icons of its various videos is very slow.
Playing one video saw it stop at times for buffering and full window size video was not so clear.]

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 11:47 PM – 0.14 Mbps (midway; test takes too long to complete)
[Facebook opens up quickly but takes a lot of time to finish loading. Scrolling down on Facebook wall shows blank icons instead of images.
Blogger loads a little slowly but is manageable.
Gmail is slow but manageable.
Google News opens a little slowly but images take time to get loaded.]

On 27-Jul-17
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Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 12:14 AM – 8.85 Mbps
[Hmm. So the 1 GB data limit has got reset and my speed has jumped up to 4G levels. I was checking the speed a few times after 12:00 AM using fast.com (it gives the speed more quickly but don’t know how accurate it is) and Ookla too, if I recall correctly but it was at the 128 Kbps level for the first ten or twelve minutes after 12:00. Checking the Jio My Account (refreshing it every time) multiple times during this period gave Data as 0 (indicating limit has been crossed and data limit has not been reset).

But at 12:17 AM when I checked (after refreshing) Jio My account, it showed Data as 1 GB with a message “Renews in 23 hours”.

Therefore Data reset is not at 2.00 AM as I was informed by somebody in the past. It is just ten to fifteen minutes after midnight now. Maybe it was being reset at 2.00 AM in the past.]

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 12:28 AM – 9.88 Mbps

Using BSNL Landline Broadband, at around 12:42 AM – 6.69 Mbps

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 10:48 AM – 3.18 Mbps
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 12:38 PM – 6.14 Mbps
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 12:40 PM – 21.79 Mbps
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 12:44 PM – 11.50 Mbps
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 12:56 PM – 5.40 Mbps

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 2:54 PM – 5.72 Mbps
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 2:56 PM – 1.81 Mbps

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 3:47 PM – 5.66 Mbps

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 4:16 PM – 4.31 Mbps [http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6489677436 has record. Note time is 10:46 AM GMT not 4:16 PM IST]
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 4:21 PM – 5.99 Mbps [http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6489687629]

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 6:21 PM – 7.18 Mbps [http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6489960067]

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 9:43 PM – 10.42 Mbps [http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6490503286]

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 10:24 PM – 2.09 Mbps [http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6490608927]

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 10:25 PM – 4.33 Mbps [http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6490612592]

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 10:26 PM – 3.24 Mbps [http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6490616002]

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 11:14 PM – 8.64 Mbps [http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6490735699]

[11:49 PM: I crossed 1 GB Data limit as per Jio My Account info. So 4G speed is not available till I get a Data reset sometime around 00:10 to 00:15 on 28-Jul-2017]
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 11:58 PM – 0.10 Mbps [The speedtest progress bar seems to freeze in the middle though the current speed changes at times (usually in 0.10 to 0.13 Mbps range).]
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 11:59 PM and using fast.com – 170 Kbps
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 12:00 PM and using fast.com – 170 Kbps

28-Jul-2017
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Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 00:02 AM and using fast.com – 170 Kbps
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 00:04 AM and using fast.com – 170 Kbps

[The Data reset seems to have happened between 00:04 AM and 00:06 AM as 4G speeds were resumed.]
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 00:06 AM and using Ookla – 12.11 Mbps [http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6490862168]
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 00:07 AM and using fast.com – 13 Mbps
[12:10 AM: Jio My Account shows 1023.99 MB (remaining) Data from 1 GB with message “Renews in 23 Hours”.]

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 00:22 AM and using Ookla – 1.31 Mbps [http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6490901013]
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 00:23 AM and using fast.com – 5.4 Mbps
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 00:25 AM and using Ookla – 8.42 Mbps [http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6490909394]
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 00:32 AM and using Ookla – 9.30 Mbps [http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6490929442]

[12:34 AM: Jio My Account shows 932.94 MB (remaining) Data from 1 GB with message “Renews in 23 Hours”.]
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 01:47 AM and using Ookla – 16.73 Mbps [http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6491104328]
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 01:50 AM and using fast.com – 14 Mbps

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 02:11 AM and using fast.com – 14 Mbps
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 02:13 AM and using Ookla – 15.97 Mbps [http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6491157056]
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 02:15 AM and using Ookla – 14.74 Mbps [http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6491160194 – Note result here shows 14.75 a 0.01 Mbps higher figure than in main window.]

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 11:10 AM and using Ookla – 8.97 Mbps [http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6492026831]

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 2:39 PM and using Ookla – 7.86 Mbps [http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6492407839]

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 4:26 PM and using Ookla – 4.80 Mbps

[Around 4:56 PM I saw a youtube video having to buffer while playing. As I had got a 90% of 1 GB data for the day used at 16:10 hours notification mail from Jio, I was expecting it to cross 1 GB while I was watching videos later on. So it seems to have crossed 1 GB limit around 4:56 PM.]
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 4:57 PM and using fast.com – 28 Kbps
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 5:00 PM and using Ookla – 3.93 Mbps [http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6492703809]
[Oh! That means I have still not crossed 1 GB data limit! Maybe the earlier slowdown was a passing tech. problem OR wrong results from fast.com.]
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 5:04 PM and using Ookla – 8.21 Mbps [http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6492708699]
Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 5:06 PM and using fast.com – 170 Kbps

[5:07 PM: Jio My Account shows 0 MB Data (remaining). So I have crossed the 4G speed data limit for today.]

[5:13 PM: Youtube video playback is sluggish and the video, especially at full screen (on my 21/22 inch desktop screen), is fuzzy.]

Using Windows 7 Taskbar LoopMobile APN connection (jionet), at around 5:16 PM and using Ookla – 4.07 Mbps [http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6492735306]
Hmm. The above speed does not match my sluggish youtube video playback! Or slow Facebook load and slow display of images in it.

This behaviour of Ookla speedtest puts into doubt all Ookla results above!!!

Looked up other speed test links.
5:30 PM: Using http://speedtest.att.com/speedtest/ – 0.06 Mbps
5:34 PM: Using http://www.bandwidthplace.com/ – 0.16 Mbps

5:36 PM: Using Ookla, http://www.speedtest.net/ – 4.39 Mbps !!!! Something has gone drastically wrong with Ookla.

[5:40 PM: Disconnected Jio. Removed USB Dongle. Put on BSNL Landline broadband.]
5:43 PM: Using speedtest.att.com/speedtest/ – 5.13 Mbps
5:45 PM: Using bandwidthplace.com/ – 1.50 Mbps
5:46 PM: Using fast.com – 4.4 Mbps
5:47 PM: Using Ookla, speedtest.net/ – 6.53 Mbps
5:50 PM: Using Ookla BETA, beta.speedtest.net/ – 3.16 Mbps

[At 5:54 PM: Youtube video playback (same video which had become sluggish and fuzzy) has become smooth (no pause for buffering) and the video has become clear. I think that’s what really matters to me in my regular Internet usage. If youtube video playback is without pauses and the video is clear/sharp (not fuzzy) on full screen on my 21/22 inch screen then I have the Intenet speed that is adequate for my regular needs.]

29-Jul-2017
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Am now on Jio 4G (BSNL Broadband modem SWITCHED OFF).

At 10:27 AM, using speedtest.att.com/speedtest/ – 3.73 Mbps
At 10:29 AM, using fast.com – 4.4 Mbps
At 10:30 AM, using speedtest.net/ – 7.90 Mbps
At 10:31 AM, using beta.speedtest.net/ – 6.20 Mbps

At 4:32 PM, using fast.com – 7.33 Mbps
At 4:34 PM, using speedtest.att.com/speedtest/ – 8.43 Mbps
At 4:36 PM, using speedtest.net/ – 2.85 Mbps

At 4:32 PM, using fast.com – 120 Kbps
At 4:55 PM, using speedtest.att.com/speedtest/ – 0.09 Mbps
[At 4:56 PM My Jio account shows 0 MB data (available) from 1 GB. This time around I did not get 50% or 90% used notification mails from Jio! That explains the drop in speed in above two tests.]

[At 5:00 PM. Disconnected from Jio and removed USB dongle from PC. Switched on BSNL Landline broadband.]
At 5:01 PM, using speedtest.att.com/speedtest/ – 6.39 Mbps
At 5:02 PM, using fast.com – 5.3 Mbps
At 5:03 PM, using speedtest.net/ – 6.22 Mbps
At 5:05 PM, using beta.speedtest.net/ – 6.08 Mbps

[Around 5:15 PM: My Jio Account gives a blank Usage graph. There seems to be some reporting problem here.]

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