Jio Passes, All Other Telcos Fail in TRAI’s Call Drop Test on Highways and Rail Routes

Bharti Airtel, BSNL, Vodafone-Idea failed to meet the criteria on all of the rail routes and most of the highways.


While Reliance Jio is currently ruling the 4G network segment in India, the telco has also issued several call dropping issues. For the month of October, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has ranked the telco as the fastest 4G network operator followed by Airtel, and Vodafone. In yet another test conducted by TRAI, Jio aces and all the other telecom operators flunk it. Surprisingly, the test was conducted to check the call drop criteria on railway routes and major highways.

Jio Aces All the Benchmarks

As per TRAI, the tests were conducted individually for different operators on three railway routes and eight highways. The highways covered during the test stretch from Asansol to Gaya, Gaya to Danapur, Digha to Asansol, Jagdalpur to Raipur, Bengaluru to Murdeshwar, Jaipur to Mount Abu, Dehradun to Nainital and Sri Nagar to Leh. As for the rail routes, the stretch from Delhi to Mumbai, Allahabad to Gorakhpur, and Jabalpur to Singrauli were taken into consideration while performing the test. According to the reports, Reliance Jio does not flunk the call drop benchmark on any of the rail routes or highways. However, Bharti Airtel, BSNL, Vodafone-Idea failed to meet the criteria on all of the rail routes and most of the highways. It is interesting to note that the results rank the telecom operators in order of their download speed test.

Furthermore, Reliance Jio has set up a new benchmark for the voice calling services. Now, this should assure the users they will get all-round services on the Reliance Jio 4G network. To recall, Reliance Jio users have been reporting call drop issues ever since the operator started with its services in the industry. The telecom operator has fixed the issue to a significant extent and hence, the telco’s unlimited voice calling plans are all the rage.

Reliance Jio Ensures a Great Response for Jio GigaFiber

You can not possibly ignore the timing of the tests including the call drop criteria, download speed test, and Netflix Speed Index. The tests cover pretty much all the segments a user would check before subscribing to a service. Jio leading with a wide margin in all these criteria is going to work in the favor of Jio GigaFiber, which is yet to fully launch on a commercial scale. Although, people are already excited about the broadband service of the telco, the ongoing performance tests will keep them more motivated. The registration process for the Jio GigaFiber service is in full swing and the company is getting a great response. If all goes well, Reliance Jio’s broadband service will spread across 1,100 cities in India. However, for initial installation, users need more sign-ups from their areas to get the service up and running.

Also, the installation is on the company and users only have to submit a security deposit of INR 4,500 to enjoy the preview offer that provides them with free data for 3 months. After 3 months, subscribers get the option to migrate to a paid plan, that will be announced soon. The preview offer itself is quite lucrative and people are willing to switch to the JioGigaFiber when it comes out on a wider scale. This would be troublesome for the local operators and they will either have to make peace with Jio, like Hathway or go against it to risk its subscribers. While the performance tests make Jio GigaFiber look good on paper, let’s see if the service actually lives up to the promises.