Aircel (Kolkata) 3G Service – Speed Test and Review

AIRCEL launched its 3G services on 24th Feb in Kolkata circle as we shared on TelecomTalk. The operator offers free trial of its 3G services – 250 MB data on 3G network and 50 minutes of video call. This free offerings will be valid till 1st March, 2011.

We officially tested the Aircel 3G / HSPA+ network and data speed in Kolkata telecom circle. Note that Aircel has licenses for offering 3G services in both Kolkata & West Bengal circle, till now Aircel officially rolled out 3G services in Kolkata metro area.

Aircel 3G – Following are the observations :

It is interesting Aircel does not allow any users to use its 3G network by setting network mode as 3G/UMTS rather users have to activate Aircel 3G first on their mobile no. Activation of Aircel 3G is done when you opt for Aircel 3G Trial Offers. To use Aircel 2G Pocket  Internet you have to send STOP 3G to 121 to deactivate 3G, otherwise data charged will be deducted from your main balance. You can check your GPRS & video call balance anytime dialing *126*1# (for main balance dial *125#)

Though some subscribers reported activation of Aircel 3G takes too much time, I found it was a matter of 2 minutes. I suggest to activate Aircel 3G you should send the sms START 3G to 121 from a 3G mobile phone. Then use it on data card.

Our first hands on with Aircel 3G is done with Samsung Galaxy 3 which is a HSDPA 3.6Mbps supported android phone. I tested with Speedtest.net Android App:

When We tried Aircel 3G on my PC with ZTE MF190 data card (HSPA 7.2Mbps) network detected HSPA i.e. Aircel installed HSPA of 7.2Mbps BTS in my area. Signal strength is quite good – 5 bars of signal (RSSI of -83dBm). All speedtest is done in indoor environment, outdoor network is expected to be better.

Aircel is not providing blanket coverage, as I found some areas of my home place Barrackpore is not covered with Aircel 3G. May be because in sub-urban areas Aircel installed 1-2 3G nodes. In selected locations Aircel installs 21Mbps HSPA+ BTS but speed will be restricted at maximum 7.2Mbps as Aircel has no 3G data plans offering more than 7.2Mbps bandwidth right now.

Speedtest Results :

With Mumbai server :

With New York server :

Downloading a file via Internet Download Manager:

For More Details on 3G DATA Plans click here : Aircel 3G Data Plan Details.

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  • rahul June 25, 2014 2:29 pm

    I have perchased aircel 3g connection, and I get
    highspeed upto1to 2mbps before covering high speed data, aircel is the best and I get signal any time

  • kalyan dasgupta February 16, 2014 8:49 pm

    this 3g activation is a problem for aircel. u never know if u purchase 3g pack for dongle, ur 3g service will be activated.
    better avoid aircel . they also cheat with data volume they anounce for any particular 3g scheme. if they say 1gb ,it will be not more than 500 mb.

  • SAHIL November 21, 2013 11:11 am

    3G AIRCEL IN PUNJAB, AMRITSAR, AREA IS ALSO WORST CONNECTION TO BUY .. AIRCEL COMPANY WILL NOT RISE IN FUTURE BECAUSE WITH EVERY SALE OF ONE SIM CARD AIRCEL IS LOOSING ITS 10 TO 15 COUSTMER . I WILL EXPLAIN HOW? FOR INSTANCE, I HAVE BOUGHT THE SIM FOR 3G INTERNET , IT WAS NEVER GOT ACTIVATED ON MY PHONE . IF DOES , ONLY FOR HALF AN HOUR OR 15 MIN IN WHOLE DAY,THIS 3G CONNECTION THAT IS H/3G SIGNAL WAS SEEN ON THE MOBILE FOR ONLY 10 TO 15 MIN ON PHONE THAN VANISHED .. NOW MY FRIENDS ASKED ME (ABOUT 10,11 FRIENDS) HOW IS AIRCEL I HAVE RECOMMENDED THEM NOT TO BUY 3G AIRCEL SIM , ITS JUST A WASTE OF MONEY . THAT IS HOW AIRCEL LOOSES ITS 10 COUSTMERS. SO I IN THE END I WILL RECOMMEND EVERYONE TO SWITCH TO RELIANCE. ALTHOUGH, RELIANCE 3G OFFERS ONLY 3GB DATA FOR NEW SIM , THAN THAT OF 6GB IN AIRCEL. BUT ITS SPEED , COVERAGE EVERYTHING IS WELL MAINTAINED. 6GB IN AIRCEL , I WILL BET NO ONE CAN USE MORE THAN 50 MB , BECAUSE OF POOR CONNECTION ,NO 3G MAINTAINANCE SO BETTER SPEND 200RS ON RELIANCE3G THAN WASTING 250RS ON AIRCEL3G ..
    BLOODY GROUP OF CROOKS AIRCEL!

  • kalyan September 12, 2013 7:55 pm

    aircel is a fraud ,their customer care worse than bsnl.
    i subscribed 3g and paid rs 450/ towards 6gb plan and my validation completed 7 days agoand as per their executive the 3g is activated in my sim.but unfortunately no. i think their system is so bad . the speed is 2g and and bandwidth below 300 kbps. dont go for their 3g and all other services.

    • SAHIL November 21, 2013 11:13 am

      I AGREE

  • Ashim Ganguly July 4, 2013 10:57 pm

    I have Aorcel 3G Dongle sim of no 7278824343. Area is Behala. Signal is very very poor speed of 4-6 kbps. This is a worst network I have ever felt, just wasting money. I will never ever use this nor I will say to anybody to use. Thanks.

    • kalyan September 12, 2013 8:00 pm

      yus they are worse and and their customer care also worse .me also from behala.actually 3g is not working in ur sim ,probably 2g

      • UT May 16, 2014 4:56 am

        so kalyan da, what do u suggest apart from aircel and ril , even ril is v poor in parnashree … plz suggest what should i buy ..?

  • Arindam Dutta June 6, 2013 4:02 pm

    Recently I have connected a 3G aircel sim of no 8013773349.my signal is very weak.speed 1 to 4 kbps.If it is not rectified soon I shall quit.my ph no 8017776717

  • ashya March 9, 2013 10:14 am

    Aircel 3G does not work properly its 2 slow. And the help is also not usefull.

  • raj kumar November 1, 2012 4:50 pm

    aircel 3g varr good

  • Raju Das September 30, 2012 6:40 pm

    i cannot aircel 3G with sufficient because network cannot working perfectfully as result i saw network tower symbol available but (aircel & H) logo not found, searching, no service, i use d-linked modem with manually set the 3g network

  • Susanta Basak June 26, 2012 10:14 pm

    Required Aircel g connection for Internet usage in Belghoria area , Saltlake Sec V area & greater Kolkata

  • raju September 5, 2011 8:00 pm

    can i use 2g service 0n 3g Aircel dongle e170

  • VIVEK SHARMA August 21, 2011 3:34 pm

    Aircel service is best for me thanks for AIRCEL 3G team ana whole staff.(thank you)

  • josh June 18, 2011 1:41 am

    @Surajit
    With due respect would you mind consulting with people having superior knowledge in English before posting in forums, i believe it would help you greatly.

  • soumo May 9, 2011 6:23 pm

    hi frinds
    aircel 3G network is not strong enough. it does not catches inside houses in sovabazar area.Their online recharge with credit card fails all the time.

  • Saurabh March 6, 2011 2:11 pm

    Sorry brother i use tata docomo for net and that provides 6GB in 96 but i use 48pack for 1GB thats enough for me for computer i have broadband but thanx any anyway

  • Rajaul March 6, 2011 1:53 pm

    Recharged with Rs.98 in bsnl and got 4GB.
    Hurrraay……

  • Surajit March 4, 2011 12:24 am

    Aircel lonch their 3G service in kolkat, i live at naihati in kolkata circle but here is not available their 3g service, above 1 week have passed already…

  • -RP- March 2, 2011 8:38 pm

    @Kaushik
    got it ;)

  • Kaushik March 2, 2011 4:27 pm

    -RP- :
    @Kaushik

    Kaushik :

    TD :
    reliance did not started 3g services in rest of bengal…. so it should be EVDO….

    Reliance did launch their 3G services in WB. I’m now in Haldia and I’m currently using Reliance 3G only.
    For Aircel 3G, it’s BULLSH*T!!

    Reliance 3G on 3G Sim or do the 2G SIM also give good 3G speed.

    sorry mate, can’t disclose that.

  • -RP- March 2, 2011 3:51 pm

    @Kaushik

    Kaushik :

    TD :
    reliance did not started 3g services in rest of bengal…. so it should be EVDO….

    Reliance did launch their 3G services in WB. I’m now in Haldia and I’m currently using Reliance 3G only.
    For Aircel 3G, it’s BULLSH*T!!

    Reliance 3G on 3G Sim or do the 2G SIM also give good 3G speed.

  • -RP- March 2, 2011 3:48 pm

    Shahnawaz :
    Still not getting any 3G signal in Kolkata

    Reliance 3G on 3G Sim or do the 2G SIM also give good 3G speed.

  • Shri Ganesh March 2, 2011 10:59 am

    Wow! Very nice! They are almost as good as BSNL when BSNL initially launched 3G!!

  • Sourav March 2, 2011 2:41 am

    @Pajat
    I have used RELIANCE 3G DATA CARD of ZTE. It is not a EVDO, it’s showing HSPA+ network.

  • Shahnawaz March 2, 2011 12:16 am

    Still not getting any 3G signal in Kolkata

  • Kaushik March 2, 2011 12:10 am

    TD :
    reliance did not started 3g services in rest of bengal…. so it should be EVDO….

    Reliance did launch their 3G services in WB. I’m now in Haldia and I’m currently using Reliance 3G only.

    For Aircel 3G, it’s BULLSH*T!!

  • Pajat March 1, 2011 11:18 pm

    Sourav :
    I have used RELIANCE 3G Data Card in RoWB circle, where 3G is not launched still now. But I have found download speed is 600-700 Kbps average in IDM, which is some time goes to 1 Mbps or more than that.

    Which one did you use:
    1. Reliance 3G card
    2. Reliance Netconnect+ (EVDO) card
    3. Reliance Netconnect 3G card (3G+EVDO)

    ???

  • TD March 1, 2011 10:49 pm

    reliance did not started 3g services in rest of bengal…. so it should be EVDO….

  • Sagarkinkar March 1, 2011 9:47 pm

    @Sourav
    Vo shayad cdma ya evdo hoga dude.

  • Sourav March 1, 2011 8:55 pm

    I have used RELIANCE 3G Data Card in RoWB circle, where 3G is not launched still now. But I have found download speed is 600-700 Kbps average in IDM, which is some time goes to 1 Mbps or more than that.

  • SOURAV CHATTEJEE March 1, 2011 6:38 pm

    aircel jyada smart ban raha hai….

    network mode 3g/umts change karne ke baad 2g sim ke sath 2g data plan sabhi operater me use kia ja skta hai AIRCEL KE ELAWA…..

    MEANS DAT IF YOU WANT TO USE 3G TOWER OF AIRCEL YOU NEED TO HAVE 3G DATA PLAN ACTIVATED FIRST……UNLIKE OTHER OPERATERS WHERE 2G SIM ME 2G DATA PLAN KE SATH 3G NETWORK SELECT KARNE KE BAAD 3G SPEED ME DOWNLOAD AND SURF HOTA HAI…….AND RELIANCE ME TO 3G SPPED V MILTA HAI….

    BUT AIRCEL NE ISE LOCK KAR DIYA HAI…..2G DATA PLANS KE SATH AAPKA 3G NETWORK NAI PAKHREGA………………………………………..

  • vishal March 1, 2011 5:47 pm

    Well, It seems nice to make VOIP calls and downloading files. Latency is also low. So, good for streaming.
    Has anybody taken speed test result on unlimited tariff of AIRCEL 3g usb stick???
    I am little bit sure that this type of speed will not be provided.

  • sam from kashmir March 1, 2011 3:10 pm

    @Fahad
    Vodafone dosn’t 3g lancence 4 jk

  • RajeeV March 1, 2011 2:07 pm

    I get Good Quit Good Speed &m HappY :)

    http://img11.imageshack.us/i/screenshot4gs.png/

  • Rohan Singh March 1, 2011 1:43 pm
  • Varun March 1, 2011 1:33 pm

    Raj :
    Good but not exceptional speed…..bsnl has been giving better speeds with 3g…

    Bsnl giving worst 3G service. Downloading speed capped to 1 mbps(unlimited plans) & horrible browsing. Normal 3G users speed capped to 2 Mbps. Advertised 3.6 Mbps & now giving 1 Mbps, this is cheating…

  • Dip March 1, 2011 1:02 pm

    I can’t able to register in Aircel 3g network here in kolkata. I have sent almost 10 sms’s. Today is the last day of the introductory offer. Bull**t :x

  • Rashmin Joshi March 1, 2011 12:53 pm

    Aircel 3G Speed test using Huwaei 3G USB Modem, few pics: http://goo.gl/pfgnk

    Internet download manager, torrent and browsing were on during the speed test.

    Speed was decent consistently above 2 MBPS and reached maximum to 4.2 MBPS.

  • Fahad March 1, 2011 12:50 pm

    speed is reaalllly slow….
    they r providing the best possible pathetic speeds…
    rgsm consistantly is providing 3-4 mbps. ….waiting for the real 3g by vodafone

  • Satish March 1, 2011 12:43 pm

    RCOM 3G use karo
    12 MBPS speed Hain

  • Anand Kumar March 1, 2011 12:35 pm

    I think that’s 322 Kilo “Byte” per second!!!

  • atanu March 1, 2011 12:32 pm

    good, but pls get available total circle.

  • Fahad March 1, 2011 12:30 pm

    pathetic….

  • DB March 1, 2011 12:24 pm

    Good to see such speeds … lets see similar once the “Load” (ie No. of Users) increases on the network.

  • rajiev March 1, 2011 12:20 pm

    any trick , plz revert me back!

  • Raj March 1, 2011 12:20 pm

    Good but not exceptional speed…..bsnl has been giving better speeds with 3g…

  • rajiev March 1, 2011 12:19 pm

    delhi mein there is no 3g, very unlucky