As India’s mobile operators have successfully made 4G LTE networks widely available across the country, 4G users in Jammu and Kashmir regions are enjoying the best video streaming experience on LTE, as reported by OpenSignal, a company that specialises in wireless coverage mapping. Kolkata and Delhi follow the northern state in second and third places, whereas the North-Eastern region captures the last spot, where 4G users are still deprived of a good video experience.
“Smartphone users enjoy the best mobile video experience in Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Delhi Telecom Circle, Kolkata, and Jammu and Kashmir. The differences between the regions are greater than those for 4G availability. Additionally, it’s noticeable that both Kerala, and Jammu and Kashmir, rate much more highly for mobile video experience than they do compared with other regions for 4G availability,” OpenSignal said in a blog post. The reason for this is that as compared to the other top regions, the LTE availability in these areas is low.
The 4G availability experienced by smartphone users ranges from 82.6 percent in the Kerala region to an impressive 90.9 percent in Kolkata. (See image below)
But a great mobile video experience does not correlate with the high 4G availability, OpenSignal found. The linear correlation between 4G availability and mobile video experience is just 0.11 on a scale where a score near 1, or -1, would indicate a strong positive or negative correlation between the two measures. The company says that since mobile video streaming suffers from any weak links in delivery, to score highly on mobile video experience, operators must be able to support a consistent end-to-end performance across their infrastructure.
“The mobile video experience depends on many other factors, beyond just the radio access network, which is what 4G availability measures. To deliver a great mobile video experience requires a fantastic end-to-end effort which includes: the cell towers’ mobile radio; the backhaul links from the towers which transport the video traffic; each operator’s core network; and the peering to the content delivery network (CDN) or streaming server where the original video is hosted,” OpenSource says in its report.
When it comes to India’s four most populated cities - Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad - the cities offer a better mobile video experience than seventeen of the twenty-two regions that OpenSignal has assessed; there is little difference in the experience of smartphone users in these areas. The findings also note that the arrival of Reliance Jio has boosted 4G LTE adoption across India and spurred other operators to respond to Jio’s innovation and disruptive strategy.