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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sourav pal
sourav pal
June 26, 2016 12:09 pm 12:09 PM

aircel 3g network is best strong netwoark..thanks aircel group…

Harsh
Harsh
April 19, 2015 1:57 pm 1:57 PM

Aircel is the worst network. I have 3g plan but the speed is 2g. Infact not even 2g. around 1kb /s. Never ever try aircel. Its the wirst of all networks

rahul
rahul
June 25, 2014 2:29 pm 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
kalyan dasgupta
February 16, 2014 8:49 pm 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.

Arindam Dey
Arindam Dey
January 19, 2015 7:25 pm 7:25 PM

Yes u r absolutely correct.Recently I experienced this with my aircel number.They deducted Rs300+ from my account as i recharged with unlimited 3G pack first 2 days they told me wait and then they said my validity is over.”pirate Of mobile network”

SAHIL
SAHIL
November 21, 2013 11:11 am 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… Read more »
kalyan
kalyan
September 12, 2013 7:55 pm 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
SAHIL
November 21, 2013 11:13 am 11:13 AM

I AGREE

Ashim Ganguly
Ashim Ganguly
July 4, 2013 10:57 pm 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
kalyan
September 12, 2013 8:00 pm 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
UT
May 16, 2014 4:56 am 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
Arindam Dutta
June 6, 2013 4:02 pm 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
ashya
March 9, 2013 10:14 am 10:14 AM

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

raj kumar
raj kumar
November 1, 2012 4:50 pm 4:50 PM

aircel 3g varr good

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