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Airtel-Jio row: Ookla says speed test method accurate,reliable

Broadband speed testing firm Ookla, whose findings about Airtel as India's fastest network have been contested by Jio, on Wednesday shared the broad methodology it uses, saying it stands by accuracy and reliability of its test.

"Ookla fully stands behind the accuracy and reliability of the methodology used to designate Airtel as India's fastest mobile network," Ookla said in a statement.

Data accuracy and neutrality are of "utmost importance" to Ookla, the statement said, adding that the company goes to great lengths to ensure the information collected on the Internet test is "verifiably correct".

The carrier displayed in the Speedtest Android application is based on the 'Active Carrier' value returned by the device.

"Due to limitations of the Android platform, the 'Active Carrier' does not always indicate the actual data provider in the devices with multiple SIMs.

In these situations, Ookla applies additional data sources and mechanisms during post processing to help determine the actual data carrier being tested," it said.

Reacting to the statement, Reliance Jio said Ookla has admitted to limitation in its application and reinforces Jio's submission on Ookla's test result.

"With reference to the issue of the fundamental flaw in Ookla's Speedtest methodology which Jio has pointed out repeatedly, we note that Ookla has now admitted to 'limitations' in its application, and that it 'does not always indicate the actual data provider in devices with multiple SIMs," Jio said in a statement.
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