BSNL’s Car WiFi Module: Refocusing on EVDO?

Just a couple of days back BSNL launched a WiFi car module on a pilot basis in Madhya Pradesh circle, as it was covered on Telecomtalk. I am interested in the news as this WiFi module gets the data while on move from BSNL’s CDMA 1x EVDO network to offer upto 3.1 Mbps downlink and upto 1.8Mbps uplink.

BSNL Wi-Fi Technology Module For CarAs I find in Kolkata and West Bengal BSNL has very inadequate EVDO coverage in suburban areas and towns, and BSNL employess are always trying to push its 3G services instead of EVDO, this move from BSNL MP circle is kind of off-bit.

Earlier there was a rumor that BSNL is working on to use CDMA spectrum (800MHz) more effectively, and I shared my thoughts regarding this. All private CDMA operators – Reliance, Tata Tele and MTS India have huge data customers on their CDMA network, and BSNL is still sleeping.

Everyone knows how BSNL 3G is bad in services – be it coverage, speed, capacity of BTS and so on in most of the circles. Private GSM players are installing 7.2Mbps BTS in most places, while BSNL has mostly 3.6Mbps BTS across the country (in Southern circles BSNL has 14.4Mbps BTS in some places).

BSNL should focus more on EVDO, as it offers more coverage, more capacity (due to very few voice customers), and more consistency of services. Car WiFi module can be a start, but we can not hope more from BSNL as it always goes in the wrong way.

BSNL has issues with investments as it is centrally operated. So LTE on 800MHz can not be seen easily from BSNL. EVDO Rev A is the only option we can see from BSNL’s CDMA network. EVDO Rev A platform is widely used by Reliance, Tata and MTS India, and BSNL is just sitting and watching while making losses. BSNL should start covering more places with EVDO and start promoting it.

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April 10, 2013 10:50 am 10:50 AM

I am using BSNL EVDO datacard with unlimited 750 postpaid plan. Max speed is 800 kbps but when it is near tower, speed is 1.8 mbps. No operator providing unlimited data plan i.e.without FUP. BSNL EVDO coverage have to increase. BSNL can get good revenue from this EVDO service but they are sleeping. GRAHAK TO JAAG GAYA…..NOW JAAGO BSNL JAAGO.

Ashish Dung Dung
April 20, 2013 2:13 am 2:13 AM

Obviously they are sleeping,they dont know its potentiality,am too a bsnl evdo user,and have good QOS where i stay,i enjoy a lot downloading,but service could be better.As i recommended over 100’s of people in my tower….
i noticed that as the number of people are increasing the speeds are getting lower. Didnt like this at all.

April 10, 2013 2:57 pm 2:57 PM

hello i am from West Bengal and i want to use BSNL EVDO as EVDO is currently available in my place but i have a beetel-bg64 3g datacard and can u pls tell me if its possible that they can activate EVDO service on my modem (as per their website if we bring the modem they will only charge the sim and activation cost)?? i know this may be a noobish question as beetel-bg64 is basically a GSM 3G data card but still m asking-pls reply asap.

Thanks in advance.

April 10, 2013 3:24 pm 3:24 PM

EVDO on GSM data card? Sorry but no! CDMA and GSM are far related technologies so don’t expect such magic! btw, you can purchase any CDMA data card and use BSNL OMH RUIM in it. It would be much cheaper.

Last instruction- You are highly recommended NOT to use BSNL EVDO for travel purpose, better use reliance or TATA EVDO.

April 10, 2013 5:05 pm 5:05 PM
can u suggest me some CDMA(REV.A/REV.B) modem for using EVDO?? What is BSNL OMH RUIM?? :\ and can i use this OMH RUIM in REV. B CDMA modems?? if so then is there any benefit for using REV.B modems(such as more speed,lower ping,constant speed etc)?? And if i bring my own datcard and they activate EVDO on that then i cant be able use any other SIM with that datacard ?? Actually i am not a regular travellar,i just need it to download and heavy surfing,i am a home user so no problem with it,i asked 3-4 peoples here who… Read more »
April 10, 2013 10:54 pm 10:54 PM
Answers to your questions:- 1. CDMA modem for EVDO? ans. Micromax 300C (Rs. 2000 and less in retail) 2. What is BSNL OMH RUIM? ans. Just like there is SIM card in GSM, SIM cards of CDMA are called RUIM. OMH stands for open market handsets i.e. the handsets in which any CDMA RUIM can be used. 3. Used of EVDO rev B? ans. EVDO rev B offers very high speed which varies from 7.2 Mbps to 14.4 Mbps 4. If they activate EVDO whether i would be able………………? ans. Yes of course unless your data card is locked 5.If… Read more »
April 11, 2013 1:14 am 1:14 AM

Thanks for reply 🙂 Micromax 300C is Rev.B modem?? if not then pls suggest me some Rev.B modem..and bsnl prithvi ue100 is locked i think so what i am asking is that is my datacard will be locked after activating BSNL EVDO??

April 11, 2013 1:33 pm 1:33 PM

BSNL EVDO not providing Rev B and open market data cards like Micromax are Rev A enabled. Prithvi U100 is the best data card. It is Rev A enabled data card. Yes it is locked modem but its cost is only Rs. 950 and Micromax CDMA data card costing from Rs.2700 to 3000 if you purchase online (You can get best deal on Flipcart/Snapdeal).

April 11, 2013 12:35 pm 12:35 PM

Oops Micromax 300C is NOT a rev B modem. It supports rev A upto speeds 3.1 Mbps. I researched on the net but could not find any unlocked rev B modem for you as all the modems were locked to particular network like ZTE AC2791, Huawei EC306. However you can go to any mobile shop and get your modem unlocked

bsnl prithvi ue100 is a locked data card!

April 8, 2013 8:09 pm 8:09 PM

I am using BSNL 3G in bangalore and I am getting more than 7Mbps and any time it will be always more than 3 Mbps

April 8, 2013 6:11 pm 6:11 PM

Wireless market in India is still dominated by EVDO. But BSNL, as usual, is cooling its heels under the comfort of a loss making govt. undertaking.!