It will be interesting to see how this pans out and what Airtel and even Ookla has to say about the matter.
This news will become a boosting one for Jio as the new entrant is under pressure due to claims by India's top telecom analysts saying that Jio will start losing consumers after becoming paid. Considering the fact that Ookla is now the leader in the speedtest industry responsible for a significant amount of evaluations and leaderboards, this is quite a major flaw which has gone unnoticed for a long time.
Also, the survey revealed that the users of Airtel are the least ones who opted to make Jio as their primary SIM card, whereas the users of Vodafone India are highly willing to make Jio as their main number, which is followed by the subscribers of Idea Cellular. To claim this offer, customers need to go to the My Airtel App and then the data is credited soon after the customer claims the "Airtel Surprise".
Airtel, in particular, has been aggressively advertising its network as the "The Fastest 4G Network Ever" for over a year across the country.
An Airtel spokesperson stated that as represented in the advertisement, Ookla's findings are based on analysis of millions of internet speed tests logged on "modern devices" by mobile customers across India using its popular speed test app. Airtel apparently also uses the word "officially" to describe its fast network.
The notice read that Ookla's acts were not only reckless, but are also malicious and mala fide meant to bring into disrepute Jio and its network. This is clearly mentioned in the advertisement. Jio also has a Rs 499 Jio Prime recharge pack, which provides 56GB data to prepaid users, with daily cap of 2GB. "The results include all mobile tests, regardless of connection technology", he added. However, the claim of being India's fastest network has been defended by the Airtel. Meanwhile, a few weeks ago TRAI data revealed that the title for the fastest network of January actually belonged to Jio.
If you are using data on SIM 2 and if you do a speed test on their application, they will select the network present on SIM 1. This often results in different data for different services, yet when they feature on top of a list, telecom companies like to beat their drum and share these figures with consumers.