Bharti Airtel Challenges Reliance Jio With 135Mbps Data Speed, Now What?


After official announcement of Reliance Jio 4G SIM and its LTE data tarrif plans, Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular networks gone into darkness, as the war begins with the drop-down of their market shares. But it didn’t stand still for as long as the RIM expected, rather India’s top operator Bharti Airtel has started its preparation in gearing up to engage with an all-new entrant Reliance Jio Infocom, on another front data speed.

On Wednesday, Bharti Airtel has said they have deployed technology known as “carrier aggregation” in Mumbai and Kerala to combine different bands of spectrum and create larger blocks of aiwaves to offer even faster and more stable 4G data services for mobile phone users. That enables peak download speeds of up to as much as 135 Mbps, which is somewhat faster than what user get on a normal 4G network.

In Jio’s ongoing trail phase, a relatively empty network has offered speeds of 80-90 mbps, when Airtel virtually has touted 40-80 percent faster broadband speeds as a big difference factor with incumbent telecos.

Rohan Dhamija, head-India and South Asia said at Analysys Mason, which is a telecom, media and technology advisory firm, that “Faster speeds achieved through carrier aggregation will transform 4G into a better product for consumers and will give carriers an additional marketing handle.” Also mentioned, “Potentially, they (carriers) can publicise it and it could be a part of their marketing strategy as they would want to highlight it to consumers as a differentiating factor.”

While the data speed battle comes on the back of an anticipated tariff war, given the fact that “Jio’s offering services at substantially lower” rates than its rivals. Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular have already dropped effective data prices by 67-percent for prepaid customers. Airtl has started offering free and unlimited voice calls with some post-paid data packs.

It seems Airtel planning to widen the war on the speed front by deploying the technology in other areas in the next few months. With the help of spectrum acquired from Aircel through a trading deal, Airtel can undoubtedly offer enhanced speeds in 13 circles in India.

Here is the full list of compatible 4G/LTE devices that work on Jio network for data. Services will be open for anyone to avail from September 5.


List Of Reliance LYF phones:

Reliance LYF Earth 1, Reliance LYF Earth, Reliance LYF Flame 1, Reliance LYF Flame 2, Reliance LYF Flame 3, Reliance LYF, Flame 4, Reliance LYF Flame 5, Reliance LYF Flame 6, Reliance LYF Flame 7, Reliance LYF Flame 8, Reliance LYF Water 1, Reliance LYF Water 10,

Reliance LYF Water 2, Reliance LYF Water 3, Reliance LYF Water 4, Reliance LYF Water 5, Reliance LYF Water 6, Reliance LYF Water 7, Reliance LYF Water 8, Reliance Water 10, Reliance Water 11, Reliance LYF Wind 1(16GB), Reliance LYF Wind 1(8GB), Reliance LYF Wind 2, Reliance LYF Wind 3, Reliance LYF Wind 4, Reliance LYF Wind 5, Reliance LYF Wind 6, Reliance LYF Wind 7.

Samsung Jio SIM supported phones:

Samsung A8 VE (SM-A800I), Samsung Galaxy A5 (SM-A500G), Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) (A510FD), Samsung Galaxy A7 (SM-A700FD), Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) (A710FD), Samsung Galaxy A8 (SM-A800F), Samsung Galaxy Core Prime 4G (SM-G360FY), Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) (SM-J210F), Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016), Samsung Galaxy J5 (SM-J500F), Samsung Galaxy J7 (SM-J700F), Samsung Galaxy te 4 (SM-N910G),  Samsung Galaxy te 4 Edge (SM-N915G),  Samsung Galaxy te 5 (SM-N920G),  Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920I),  Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (SM-G925I),  Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (SM-G928G), Samsung Galaxy-J2 (SM-J200G),  Samsung J Max,  Samsung J5 (2016) (SM-J510F),  Samsung J7 (2016) (SM-J710F), Samsung te 5 Duos (SM-N9208), Samsung ON5 (SM-G550FY), Samsung ON5 Pro(SM-G550FY), Samsung ON7 (Mega On – SM-G600FY), Samsung ON7 Pro(SM-G600FY), Samsung S7 (SM-G930F), Samsung S7 Edge (SM-G935F), Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro, Samsung Galaxy te 7, Samsung Z2.


Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe ZS570KL, Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra (ZU680KL),  Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL (Libra), Asus Zenfone 3 Laser ZC551KL (Scorpio), Asus Zenfone 3 ZE520KL (Leo)


BlackBerry Priv (STV100-3)


Coolpad Max, Coolpad Mega 2.5D (Y83)


Gionee F103 (2 GB), Gionee S Plus,  Gionee F103 (3 GB), Gionee Elife S6,  Gionee M5 Plus, Gionee P5L, Gionee F103 pro, Gionee S6s

HTC Mobiles

HTC Desire 626 dual Sim, Desire 628, Desire 630, Desire 728 Dual SIM, Desire 820, Desire 820Q, Desire 820S Dual Sim, Desire 825, Desire 826, Desire 826 DS, Desire 828 DS, Desire 830, Desire Eye, HTC 10, HTC 10 Life style, One A9, One E9 S dual sim, One E9+ Dual Sim, One M8, One M8 Eye, One M9 Plus, One M9e, One ME Dual Sim, One X9


Infocus M370, Infocus M535, Infocus M680, Infocus M370I, Infocus M535+

Intex Mobiles

Intex Cloud String, Intex Aqua Eco 4G, Intex Aqua 4G, Intex Aqua Ace 2,  Intex Aqua Craze,  Intex Aqua Power 4G, Intex Aqua S7, Intex Cloud String V2.0, Intex Aqua Ace Mini, Intex Aqua Strong 5.1, Intex Aqua Raze, Intex Aqua 4G Strong, Intex Aqua Shine 4G, Intex Aqua Music, Intex Aqua Secure, Intex Aqua View


Karbonn Aura,  Karbonn Quattro L45 IPS, Karbonn Quattro L55 HD, Karbonn Aura Power


Lava X10, Lava X28, Lava X81, Lava V5, Lava X50, Lava A71, Lava A72, Lava A88, Lava A76, Lava A89, Lava X46, Lava X38, Lava X38 (2GB), Lava X17, Lava X11


LeEco Le 2, LeEco Le Max 2


Lenovo Vibe Shot


LG XCAM (K580i),  LG X Screen (K500I), LG Google Nexus 5x (LG-H791),  LG G4 Stylus 4G, LG G5, LG Spirit 4G H442, LG K7, LG K10, LG Stylus 2 Plus, LG K520 – Stylus 2


Micromax YU Yunique Plus, Micromax YU Yunique YU4711, Micromax Canvas Sliver 5 (Q450), Micromax Canvas Amaze (Q491), Micromax Yu Yuphoria (YU5010A), Micromax Yu te (YU6000), Micromax Canvas Mega 2 Q426


Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen), Motorola New Moto E (Moto E 2nd Gen), Motorola Moto X Play, Motorola G Turbo, Motorola G4, Motorola G4 Plus


Oneplus Oneplus 3


Onida I4G1


Oppo F1, Oppo A37, Oppo F1 Plus, Oppo F1S


Panasonic P55 vo 4G, Panasonic Eluga Arc 2, Panasonic Eluga I2 (2gb), Panasonic Eluga I2 (3gb), Panasonic Eluga Arc, Panasonic Eluga Icon 2, Panasonic Eluga I3, Panasonic Eluga A2, Panasonic Eluga


Sony Xperia Z5 Dual (E6883), Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Dual, Sony Xperia X (F5122)


TCL 560, TCL 562


Videocon Krypton 3 V50JG, Videocon Graphite 1 V45ED (4 Band), Videocon Graphite 1 V45ED (6 Band), Videocon Q1


Vivo Y21L,  Vivo V3, Vivo V3 Max


Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime (H2X), Xiaomi Redmi te 3 (H3A), Xiaomi Mi5, Xiaomi Mi Max, Xiaomi Redmi 3s, Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime


Xolo Era 4G, Xolo Black-1X, era 4G, era 4K, era X and upcoming Xolo era 1X and era 2X

In this matter, Vodafone has been considering deployment of this technology and has conducted a trial with equipment vendor partners. The war between Airtel and Reliance Jio has begun.

For the list of other smartphone that are eligible with Reliance Jio 4G Preview offer with unlimited data, calls, sms for the next 90 days after activation.

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