Airtel 4G VS idea 4G in Andhra Pradesh: Let’s Test The “widest small change!”

After Delhi and Mumbai we have got another 4G speed test report from Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh. After launching on metro cities telecom operators have have moved to Tier-II Cities for launching 4G service. Idea is said to have the best 4G coverage in Andhra Pradesh, while Airtel 4G service is limited to few cities. Let’s, see which one performs better in Andhra Pradesh.


The tests were conducted by our reader Sri Rajasimha Reddy on his OnePlus Two smartphone. Airtel and Idea 4G were using 1800 Mhz Spectrum for 4G service in Andhra Pradesh. At time of testing both network were having almost full signal strength.

Airtel 4G network provided max speed of 10Mbps and at times it were as low as 2.63Mbps. However, the upload speeds were much better than downloads. Airtel also suffered from poor indoor coverage as per our tester. The speeds were comparable to 3G network fell short of 4G standard.



Idea 4G network excelled with speeds up to 30Mbps on outdoor conditions and up to 17Mbps on indoor. While upload speeds outdoor was between 7-10Mbps as we moved indoor the speeds dropped to 1.36Mbps. Even with limited 1800Mhz spectrum Idea 4G network has easily outperformed Airtel and provided speeds near 30 Mbps.


While Airtel clearly won in last two 4G speed tests at Delhi and Mumbai, lack of 2300Mhz in Andhra Pradesh has proven Airtel 4G service weaker in these circles. However, Airtel has already sealed the spectrum trading deal with Aircel which would give 2300 Mhz in 8 circles including Andhra pradesh. Once Airtel starts deploying 2300 Mhz spectrum for 4G, speeds should be par Airtel’s 4G networks in other cities.

Both Airtel and Idea already have 3G network in the circle and with 4G service operators wants to decongest their 3G network at the same time offer better speeds for customers.

Inputs: Sri Rajasimha reddy

Note: The above test are for reference only and actual speed may vary depending on location and network.

Please do send us 4G speed test comparisons from your cities and we will get it published.

An IT professional who has got great passion for telecom. Has been closely watching Indian telecom space since 2009.

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Sanjit Roy Thakunagar/WBAshishAbhishekMunnuTharun G Recent comment authors
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@Tharun G I sent you idea vs airtel 4G for Kottayam Kerala some days back…

Pavan S N
Pavan S N

They never respond.


From today morning my Vodafone number is not latching on to airtel 3G network. Anyone else from Karnataka facing this problem?
I called cc but as usual they gave stupid answers.


Since Vodafone has launched its own 3G in Karnataka, they may have discontinued their tie up with airtel.


Yep, just now I got a call from Vodafone. They told tie up with airtel has ended. Time for me to port out of Vodafone.


My first Airtel no is from Rajasthan where airtel has 3G licence and it works perfectly in rajasthan and madhyapradesh also.(airtel won 3g licence in madhyapradesh last year 2015 auction.) but my another airtel no. is also from rajasthan and works perfectly in rajasthan but not works in madhyapradesh airtel 3g. I am talking about 3G latching on its own network.

Sanjit Roy Thakunagar/WB
Sanjit Roy Thakunagar/WB

Bro this is called customer support and this can be expected from only few operators in India like Vodafone even Idea cellular and MTS. Just a year back I was using Idea’s 3g in Bengal circle and facing indoor coverage issue, basically idea cellular is using ICR network of Bharti Airtel in Bengal circle, then I raised a complaint initially idea’s back end called me, when they realized that they cannot resolve it from their end they coordinated with the technical team of Airtel and technical team of Airtel established a direct contact through telephonic conversations, although they tried very… Read more »


Airtel is in the process to end 3G ICRA. They will end it completely by December 2016.

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