Last updated on 20th June 2018
Jio 4G speeds in Puttaparthi over the past month or two have seriously dipped (250 Kbps to 350 Kbps in daytime typically). This has impacted my browsing activity when using Jio 4G as pages with images take time to load and youtube videos sometimes get stuck at buffering. Nowadays when I find that browsing has become sluggish due to poor speed of Jio 4G, I try out BSNL 3G which sometimes, but not all times, gives better speed! Note that I am currently using a Jio 4G SIM and a BSNL 3G SIM with regular Internet plans on both (cost of around Rs. 150 per month on each, if I recall correctly).
Yesterday was a pleasant surprise as Jio 4G speeds were very good even during daytime, well above 1 Mbps and touching 10 Mbps in one speed test. But that seems to have been because it was Sunday and so perhaps there was less traffic for some reason. Today – Monday – the speeds have dipped seriously again.
Before I give current speed data, here’s how it was around a year ago in July 2017. My post: Jio Mobile 4G and BSNL landline Broadband ROUGH speed data for my home PC in Puttaparthi, https://goo.gl/hikch1, dated July 29th 2017 states the following for typical Jio 4G speed I got then in my flat:
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
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Sadly now Jio 4G speeds in Puttaparthi have dipped far below what is reported above. Some months ago, it used to be in the range of 500 Kbps to 1 Mbps in the afternoons which was still manageable as browsing speed did not get impacted that seriously. But now it is typically in the range of 250 to 350 Kbps sometimes touching 500 to 600 Kbps range, in the afternoon. That has a definite negative impact on browsing speed.
I decided to conduct some tests today and capture the results. The data is given below.
Jio 4G DOWNLOAD speed on desktop PC using JioFi router showing green indicator as (best indicator) quality of signal, placed in my balcony/sit-out on 18th June 2018
320 Kbps, 3.00 PM, https://fast.com/
580 Kbps (0.58 Mbps), 3.03 PM, http://www.speedtest.net/result/7402155168
230 Kbps, 3.06 PM, https://fast.com/
260 Kbps (0.26 Mbps), 3.08 PM, http://www.speedtest.net/result/7402165099
BSNL 3G DOWNLOAD speed on desktop PC using smartphone via HotSpot in my balcony/sit-out in same location as JioFi router on 18th June 2018
2.4 Mbps, 3.16 PM, https://fast.com/
1.6 Mbps, 3.18 PM, http://www.speedtest.net/result/7402183263
0.94 Mbps (940 Kbps), 3.18 PM, https://fast.com/
0.6 Mbps, 3.22 PM, http://www.speedtest.net/result/7402190869
Essentially, during daytime, BSNL 3G is giving 500 Kbps to 2 Mbps while Jio 4G is typically giving 250 to 350 Kbps! Sad to see that Jio 4G service in Puttaparthi is struggling so much to provide good speed to its customers (including me).
Update on 20th June 2018: Some speed tests using BSNL 3G, yesterday and today. Note that the NetVelocity tests were conducted using NetVelocity app on the smartphone whereas the Speedtest test was done on PC desktop connecting over WiFi to smartphone via HotSpot.
4.36 Mbps, 3.08 PM, 20th June 2018 http://www.speedtest.net/result/7407756487
Speedtest on smartphone in my bedroom (not in balcony/sit-out where signal reception is usually better):
Now the point is that even inside the room it is over 1.5 Mbps! That opens up a possibility of me using an additional BSNL 3G SIM on my USB Huawei 3G/4G modem-dongle and opting for an Internet only BSNL 3G plan for it.