Reliance Jio started its run in September 2016 and was distributing services for free. In April 2017, they started charging for their services, According to a report by OpenSignal, after ending its free services, Reliance Jio has seen a 50 percent increase in its network performance. The report says, the major reason behind this is unclogging of the network due to free users leaving it.
Reliance Jio, when launched, offered users free unlimited calling and 4G data. Due to which, over 100 million users subscribed to its services, which led to clogging of the network and the eventual reduction in data speeds and calling issues. As per OpenSignal, “In April, most of Jio’s freebie plans ended, and customers found themselves paying for their data services. The result: Jio’s speeds have increased — not just increased, they’ve skyrocketed.”
OpenSignal even released a data graph attached below along with the report supporting its claims.
Over five test periods of three months each, they noticed a steady rise in the average 4G download speeds. After a small bump in February, Jio’s average 4G speeds dropped to around 4.2 Mbps in March – April period, after which the free offers concluded and the steady rise in data speed started which lasted till the end of July.
“In the last six months, Jio’s typical 4G download has ballooned from 3.9 Mbps to 5.8 Mbps — that’s almost a 50% increase in speed, which is frankly astonishing,”
said the OpenSignal report.
The increase in speed can’t be attributed fully to the decongestion of the network. Though it would have played a major part in the improvement, other factors like the upgradation of their network, and users spending data more consciously as they are paying for the services now, might also have played a big role in it.