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Vodafone Emerges as the Fastest 4G Network in Delhi

Meanwhile, India’s download speed over fixed broadband achieved a 25.3 per cent increase during the past 12 months with 6.21 Mbps improvement, Jio saw the largest increase in average download speed over fixed broadband among top providers with a 120.1 per cent increase

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US-based broadband speed tester Ookla on Thursday said that Vodafone has emerged as the fastest 4G network in Delhi.

As per Ookla’s findings, Vodafone SuperNet 4G speeds are the highest as compared to all other operators in Delhi NCR.

Vodafone and Idea’s data performance has benefited by their merger and both brands show notable improvement, it said.

“With 10 telecom circles and many parts of Delhi NCR fully integrated, Vodafone Idea customers are experiencing the benefits of a unified and future-ready digital network,” said Vishant Vora, CTO, Vodafone Idea.

Vodafone Idea has also completed network integration in East Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad regions.

This Ookla report maps speeds across Indian telecom operators from August 2018 to July 2019.

Vodafone saw a decline in average mobile speed from November 2018 through January 2019, after which they recovered, with speeds rising by a remarkable 23.6 per cent.

Meanwhile, mobile download speeds of Idea improved month-on-month with a year-over-year improvement of 51.2 per cent.

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Vodafone’s revenue decline due to high subscriber churn. Pixabay

However, on an overall industry front, while mobile download speeds across all mobile operators have improved for the period under analysis, Airtel continued to hold the title of being the fastest operator in the timeframe in question.

While Airtel’s download speed increased 7.7 per cent, Jio’s download speed went up 10.8 per cent during the same period.

Airtel had the highest Acceptable Speed Ratio (ASR) in every single month, with an ASR for the year of 70.4 per cent. Despite a dip in January, Vodafone had the second highest ASR throughout the year with an average ASR of 60.3 per cent. Jio held third place for ASR with 54.5%.

ASR is a term used to measure a mobile operator’s performance on how consistently they are able to provide speeds at or above 5 Mbps, which is fast enough for consumers to reliably use mobile devices to stream HD video, Ookla said in its report.

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Looking at India as a whole, average mobile download speeds increased 16.2 per cent last year with an improvement of less than 1.5 Mbps over 12 months. Looking at the Speedtest Global Index, India ranks poorly for mobile download speed when compared with neighbouring countries and fell further behind throughout the past year.

Meanwhile, India’s download speed over fixed broadband achieved a 25.3 per cent increase during the past 12 months with 6.21 Mbps improvement, Jio saw the largest increase in average download speed over fixed broadband among top providers with a 120.1 per cent increase.

Increase in other players fixed broadband download speed performance includes BSNL with 74.2 per cent, GTPL with 32.1 per cent, Airtel with 23.8 per cent, YOU Broadband with 13.9 per cent, and ACT with 12.0 per cent respectively. Hathway’s average download speed over fixed broadband however fell at 0.2 per cent. (IANS)

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Vodafone Quits Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency Project: Report

The Libra project, which is still in development, aims for the launch of its first version this year

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Vodafone logo. Pixabay

Vodafone has become the latest big player who have decided to quit Facebook’s controversial Libra cryptocurrency project.

Vodafone joins PayPal, Mastercard, Visa, Mercado Pago, eBay, Stripe and Booking Holdings in withdrawing from the controversial project — and is the first company to exit after the Libra Association was formed in October last year, coindesk reported on Tuesday.

The companies left owing to concerns about heightened regulatory scrutiny.

“We can confirm that Vodafone is no longer a member of the Libra Association. Although the makeup of the Association members may change over time, the design of Libra’s governance and technology ensures the Libra payment system will remain resilient,” the Libra Association said in a statement.

“The Association is continuing the work to achieve a safe, transparent, and consumer-friendly implementation of the Libra payment system.”

Despite top-notch firms pulling out, Facebook and 20 partner organisations formally joined the digital currency Libra project in Geneva in October.

The Libra Association said that more than 1,500 entities have expressed an interest in joining the digital currency project.

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Representations of virtual currency are displayed in front of the Libra logo in this illustration picture. VOA

Several US senators have opposed Facebook’s digital coin, arguing that the social networking giant has been irresponsible with user data privacy. They have even called the digital cryptocurrency Libra “delusional” and “dangerous”.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress in October about Libra, defending the idea, but acknowledging the struggles left to overcome.

Libra has failed in its current form, according to the President of Switzerland.

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In a media interview, Swiss President and Finance Minister Ueli Maurer stated that Libra does not have a chance of being successful “because the basket of currencies that is deposited in this currency is not accepted by the national (central) banks”.

“The project in this form has actually failed,” Maurer was quoted as saying.

The Libra project, which is still in development, aims for the launch of its first version this year. (IANS)