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Airtel’s fastest network claim misleading: Jio to ASCI

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New Delhi: Telecom operator Reliance Jio has approached advertisement sector watchdog ASCI against Bharti Airtel saying the latter’s claim of being “officially the fastest network” is “misleading” and done in “mala fide manner in collusion with” broadband speed tester Ookla.

“The claim of Airtel that it is India’s fastest network is false, misleading and incorrect. This claim is being made by Airtel acting in a mala fide manner in collusion with Ookla, LLC,” Jio said in its complaint filed before The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI). “This is clearly mentioned in the ad. Ookla’s findings are based on analysis of millions of internet speed tests logged on ‘modern devices’ by mobile customers across India using its popular Speedtest app. The Mukesh Ambani-led firm has alleged that Ookla, the owner of Speedtest application, charges money for giving such awards and the company has also approached Jio for the same for the very quarter it issued certificate of fastest mobile network to Bharti Airtel.