3G in India

Mystery of the unknown 3G network MNC 404 999 continues

We have previously reported how there has been spotting of  a mysterious 3G network in various parts of Delhi NCR circle bearing the MCC MNC 404 999. At that point we were tempted to believe that it was the test signal being used by Idea cellular to later launch 3G on 900MHz band in Delhi, but Idea confirmed that the signal did not belong to them. We were also informed [...]

Airtel starts offering 1GB 3G at Rs 131 and 2G at Rs 74 through online recharge

In a bid to attract more users to its online recharge portal, Airtel is now offering exclusive web only 3G and 2G data offer for its subscribers recharging through Airtel's online recharge portal. Airtel is offering 3G and 2G special data packs at much lower tariff than standard 2G/3G data packs. 1GB 3G pack was offered at reduced rate of just Rs 131 with 28 days validity and 1GB 2G [...]

Exclusive : Airtel Platinum 3G hands on review in Mumbai circle

As we reported previously, Airtel has launched 3G services on 900MHz in Mumbai circle which they have termed as Platinum 3G and claim that it has 30% better indoor coverage and is 34% faster than traditional 3G on 2100MHz band. Also Airtel claims that videos stream 25% faster and battery on platinum 3G lasts 16% longer than on traditional 3G. We decided to put Platinum 3G through our litmus test [...]

Airtel to launch platinum 3G services on 900MHz band in Mumbai circle

Airtel the leading GSM operator by subscriber base has come up with a solution to resolve the spectrum crunch issue plaguing the telecom industry today. Airtel had won technologically neutral spectrum in the 900MHz band in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata last year. This spectrum could be used to offer any service including 2G voice, 3G voice and data or 4G LTE. Airtel has decided to use this spectrum to offer [...]

Airtel 3G services now available in Jammu

Airtel, today said that it will offer high speed 3G services to customers in Jammu. With this, Airtel now offers wide bouquet of mobile services to customers in Jammu, with its offerings spanning across 2G and 3G services. Airtel is the largest mobile operator in J&K close to 2.9 million customers. Airtel 3G ICR (intra circle roaming) will be available to customers in Jammu, Kathua, Katra, Samba, Bari-Brahmna and Nagrota. [...]

Best and most affordable 3G plans as of March 2015

Data plans are being hiked on a regular basis and it only becomes important for us to keep updating yourself with the new plans. The average mobile data consumption has also gone up thanks to the most intense usage of Internet dependent applications. Let's take a close look at some of the most affordable 3G plans available in Bangalore across all operators. Airtel Airtel is well known for hiking the [...]

Ericsson to help Idea Cellular to roll out 3G services in Delhi on 900 MHz band

Idea has awarded a 3 years contract to Ericsson to drive data growth and enhance the mobile broadband experience for its customers in Delhi. Ericsson will enable Idea Cellular to roll out 3G services in Delhi as well as facilitating the transformation of 5500 2G network sites. The new 3G network will be deployed in the 900 MHz band. Presently, Idea has 3G spectrum in 11 out of 22 service [...]

India’s 3G data consumption up by 114%: Nokia Networks

Over 74% increase in mobile data traffic generated by both 2G and 3G mobile broadband services at the end of 2014, compared to the beginning the same year, according to Nokia Networks' MBit Index study. This rise was primarily driven by a strong 3G growth with 114% increase while the 2G data traffic growth was reported to be 41%. According to the study, 3G data consumption was 52% of the [...]

Airtel starts 3G services in Lachen

Airtel has started offering 3G services in Lachen – a town in North Sikkim district. Even Vodafone India today announced its expansion of its 3G services in Lachen. Airtel has enabled seamless connectivity in Lachen enabling customers to easily stay connected to their dear and near ones. The services were launched in the presence of Pepan - Head of Lachen apart from the Heads of the Lama Community; Lachen Gram [...]

Vodafone to expand 3G services in Lachen, North Sikkim

Vodafone India has announced expansion of its 3G services in Lachen, North Sikkim. Vodafone had earlier announced its network expansion to Lachung, Sikkim and with this expansion Vodafone would now cover approximately 665 Census Town, 4135 Mkt. Towns & 35354 villages in the Rest of Bengal circle. In Rest of Bengal Circle, Vodafone operates in two states spanning a diverse demographic landscape, catering to an equally diverse populace in terms [...]

Airtel 3G Vs. 4G: Is 4G service in India hyped up or is it really any good?

Airtel has been pitching the 4G services quite aggressively and even the Indian smartphone market is inundated with entry-level handsets that support 4G LTE. I have been using 4G connection in Bangalore for almost 8 months and there is also considerable progress when it comes to 4G speeds over the period of time. Let's check out if Airtel is just trying to create a hoopla or 4G connection really makes [...]

Spectrum price issue: TRAI returns clarifications sought by Telecom Commission without any change

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Thursday returned the clarifications sought by the Telecom Commission and kept the base price of 3G spectrum unchanged at Rs 2,720 crore per megahertz stating all spectrum in 2100 MHz band. In its reply, TRAI said that it stands by its pricing of 3G spectrum at Rs 2,720 crore per megahertz and that it would be auctioned on February 25. A week ago, the [...]

Supreme Court of India nod to Vodafone, Airtel on 3G intra-circle roaming pact

The Supreme Court of India (SCI) has declined to stay a Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) order allowing operators to offer third generation (3G) services in circles in which they didn't have the required spectrum. After the judgement, the telecom operators can continue providing 3G roaming facility to mobile phone subscribers beyond their allotted zones through pacts with other service providers. The apex court's decision follows a petition [...]

3G Roaming issue: SCI issues notice to Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, and Tata Teleservices

The Supreme Court of India has issued notice to Bharti Airtel Ltd, Vodafone India Ltd, Idea Cellular Ltd and Tata Teleservices Ltd over Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal’s (TDSAT) judgement that allowed Airtel, Idea and Vodafone to offer 3G services under a roaming arrangement in areas where not all of them own 3G spectrum. This notice was issued in an appeal by the department of telecommunication (DoT) challenging an [...]

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