Here’s a grand overview of the situation of data packs in the Kolkata Circle

By October 10th, 2015 AT 4:12 PM

Kolkata is one of the three metro circles, and it’s a crowded telecom zone with more than 23 million mobile connections as of July 2015. Kolkata has had a rich telecom heritage. During the British rule, the first experimental electric telegraph line was started between Kolkata (then Calcutta) and Diamond Harbour in 1850. After the country’s independence, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Shri Jyoti Basu, ushered in the cellphone revolution in India by making the first call to Union Telecom Minister Sukhram in August 1995. Sixteen years later (in 2012), India’s first 4G services were launched in Kolkata.

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The circle has an active connection or VLR rate of 91.61 percent. Vodafone has the best and most robust network here, which helped them in gaining the first rank in terms of subscriber base, while Airtel, Aircel, and Reliance Mobile have almost similar subscriber figures. These networks have both 3G and basic 2G services. On the other hand, Airtel has 4G network, which was deployed as India’s first 4G LTE network, and it is rapidly expanding it to counter the upcoming threat from Reliance Jio & Vodafone’s 4G services.

As a lot of consumers use data services these days, operators are rapidly changing their data packs, which became a reason of confusion. To the end this confusion, we have decided to share the cheapest data packs of the Kolkata circle along with information on operators’ network quality. Here is an chart that’s embedded below, which will quickly help you in getting details about subscriber figures of those wireless networks in Kolkata.

Wireless Network’s in Kolkata Circle
OperatorTypeNetworkSubscriber’sVLR Rate (in %)
VodafoneGSM2G , 3G , (Planned -4G)49,94,11997.99
AirtelGSM2G , 3G , 4G41,96,24395.69
AircelGSM2G , 3G39,54,49682.35
Reliance MobileGSM + CDMA2G , 3G , CDMA -1x , EVDO39,54,40098.67
TATA DOCOMOGSM + CDMA2G , CDMA -1x , EVDO28,40,73479.90
Idea CellularGSM2G , (Planned – 3G)19,05,62487.63
BSNLGSM + CDMA2G , 3G , Wimax , CDMA-1x7,56,95494.14
MTSCDMACDMA- 1x , EVDO RevB6,23,39192.98
Total Subscriber’s & VLR Rate as of July’15 (TRAI DATA)23,225,96191.61

Vodafone

We have earlier shared that, Vodafone has a robust network in Kolkata whether it’s 2G or 3G. It’s the only network among private operators that is using lower band and premium quality airspace for its 2G network and 2100 MHz band for 3G services. Most of its 3G BTS are enabled to provide 21Mbps speed, but that doesn’t mean you would get the same speed as speed varies based on several terms.

Vodafone has also launched the ‘Double Data’ offer in the circle, which gives customers unmatched offers at relatively lower prices when compared to market rates. We would suggest to check Double Data offer from *121# . Vodafone offer’s Double Data on select denominations depending on a customer’s usage pattern. As it is providing the best speed in 3G, Double Data is a really good deal.

Here are the other offers that one can choose from Vodafone.

Vodafone Data Packs details Kolkata Circle
  • 2G Packs
PriceBenefits
Rs 27100 MB 2G Data for 3 Days
Rs 34175 MB 2G Data for 5 Days
Rs 52250 MB 2G Data for 7 Days
Rs 69350 MB 2G Data for 10 Days
Rs 101500 MB 2G Data for 14 Days
Rs 155750 MB 2G Data for 21 Days
Rs 1791 GB 2G Data for 28 Days
Rs 1961.25 GB 2G Data for 28 Days
Rs 2463 GB 2G Data for 28 Days
Rs 5916 GB 2G Data for 90 Days
  • 3G Packs
PriceBenefits
Rs 42150 MB 3G data for 7 Days
Rs 103200 MB 3G data for 28 Days
Rs 147500 MB 3G data for 28 Days
Rs 2511 GB 3G data for 28 Days
Rs 4512 GB 3G data for 28 Days
Rs 6513 GB 3G data for 28 Days
Rs 8515 GB 3G data for 28 Days
Rs 9516 GB 3G data for 28 Days
Rs 125112 GB 3G data for 28 Days
Rs 150115 GB 3G data for 28 Days

Airtel

Bharti Airtel has 4G, 3G, and 2G networks across the Kolkata circle, but their 4G network is limited in some key areas. When it comes to 3G, they have a robust 3G network, which might not be as fast as Vodafone’s 3G, but its coverage is great with clear sound quality for voice calls. Airtel is promoting 4G as well as their 3G (as ‘Platinum 3G’), and encouraging users to use 4G by introducing ‘4G at 3G prices’ .

Airtel Data Packs details Kolkata Circle
  • 2G Packs
PriceBenefits
Rs 8 40 MB 2G data for 1 Day
Rs 1890 MB 2G data for 1 Day
Rs 25125 MB 2G data for 4 Days
Rs 98500 MB 2G data for 14 Days
Rs 1521 GB 2G data for 28 Days
Rs 1981.25 GB 2G data for 28 Days
Rs 2523 GB UL 2G data for 28 Days
Rs 4413 GB 2G data for 90 Days
Rs 5966 GB 2G data for 90 Days
  • 3G/4G Unified Data Packs
Rs 2360 MB 3G/4G data for 3 Days
Rs 48175 MB 3G/4G data for 7 Days
Rs 99300 MB 3G/4G data for 14 Days
Rs 199600 MB 3G/4G data for 28 Days
Rs 2511 GB 3G/4G data for 28 Days
Rs 2651 GB 3G/4G data  + Wynk Plus for 28 Days
Rs 3511.5 GB 3G/4G data for 28 Days
Rs 4492 GB 3G/4G data for 28 Days
Rs 6523 GB 3G/4G data for 28 Days
Rs 7494 GB 3G/4G UL data (speed capped after FUP at 80kbps) for 28 Days
Rs 8495 GB 3G/4G UL data (speed capped after FUP at 80kbps) for 28 Days
Rs 9496 GB 3G/4G UL data (speed capped after FUP at 80kbps) for 28 Days
Rs 124910 GB 3G/4G UL data (speed capped after FUP at 80kbps) for 28 Days
Rs 149912 GB 3G/4G UL data (speed capped after FUP at 80kbps) for 28 Days

Aircel

Aircel has the third largest subscriber base on its 2G & 3G networks. When it comes to 2G, they are offering good speeds if you have a 3G-enabled smartphone, and if you choose their 3G network while having a 2G pack. It also offers unified data packs which can be used on both 2G & 3G networks. The telco is increasing BTSes to reach out the new zones.

As of now, they have cheapest 3G data packs, but regular users doesn’t get customised 3G or 2G offer if they use usual packs, which is a drawback as the market leader Vodafone is providing Double Data on recharges. Cheapest data & calling rates were the main reason which helped the company in attract a huge subscriber base in a short tenure after Uninor’s network closure.

Aircel Data Pack Details Kolkata Circle
  • 2G/3G Unified Packs
Rs 840 MB 3G/2G data for 1 Day
Rs 23100 MB 3G/2G data for 3 Days
Rs 39180 MB 3G/2G data for 5 Days
Rs 67580 MB 3G/2G data for 5 Days
Rs 78500 MB 3G/2G UL data for 5 Days
Rs 1551 GB 3G/2G data for 21 Days
Rs 1751 GB 3G/2G data for 26 Days
Rs 1981.25 GB 3G/2G data for 28 Days
Rs 2751.75 GB 3G/2G data for 28 Days
Rs 3993 GB 3G/2G data for 28 Days
Rs 6976 GB 3G/2G data for 28 Days
Rs 99910 GB 3G/2G data for 28 Days
Rs 139715 GB 3G/2G data for 28 Days
  • 2G Value Packs
Rs 27180 MB 2G Data for 5 Days
Rs 1281 GB 2G Data for 21 Days
Rs 1481.25 GB 2G Data for 28 Days

Reliance Mobile

Anil Ambani-owned telco has its presence in the Kolkata circle through CDMA & GSM technologies. The telco provides both 3G & 2G services under the GSM standard. However, it’s CDMA customer base is decreasing, and it lacks EVDO Rev. B in the circle, which has forced it to sell 3G Data Dongles to counter data-focused player like MTS. MTS has Rev. B services, and it advertises itself as a ‘3G Plus Network’.

At present, the network has issues on both 2G & 3G services. Many people are complaining about their services as QoS of their services is decreasing day by day. However, one can use Aircel network as they both have a network tie-up, but that works only on 2G. Their 3G network is wider than Aircel but constant average speed is below average. Their cheap data products are the reason why people still use it.

Reliance Mobile Data Packs Kolkata Circle details 
  • 2G Packs
Price Benefits
Rs 530 MB 2G Data for 1 Day
Rs 18100 MB 2G Data for 3 Days
Rs 27200 MB 2G Data for 5 Days
Rs 45400 MB 2G Data for 7 Days
Rs 68800 MB 2G Data for 10 Days
Rs 99650 MB 2G Data for 14 Days
Rs 1251 GB 2G Data for 21 Days
Rs 1492 GB 2G Data for 28 Days
Rs 1753 GB 2G Data for 28 Days
Rs 195Unlimited 2G for 28 Days
  • 3G Packs
Rs 38 200 MB 3G Data for 7 Days
Rs 58500 MB 3G Data for 2 Days
Rs 84400 MB 3G data for 7 Days
Rs 95750 MB 3G data for 10 Days
Rs 97300 MB 3G data for 30 Days
Rs 1162 GB 3G data for 2 Days
Rs 123400 Mb 3G + 30 Rs TT For 30 Days
Rs 1241 GB 3G data for 10 Days
Rs 156800 MB Data 3G for 21 Days
Rs 1771 GB Data 3G for 26 Days
Rs 1981.5 GB Data 3G for 28 Days
Rs 2462 GB Data 3G for 28 Days
Rs 2972.5 GB Data 3G for 28 Days
Rs 4923 GB Data 3G for 30 Days
  • Dongle + Mobile 3G Packs
Rs 981 GB 3G Data for 2 Days
Rs 1731 GB UL 3G Data for 7 Days
Rs 2551 GB UL 3G Data for 30 Days
Rs 3753.5 GB UL 3G Data for 30 Days
Rs 4492 GB 3G Data for 30 Days
Rs 6496.5 GB 3G Data for 30 Days
Rs 7975 GB 3G UL Data for 30 Days
Rs 109910 GB 3G UL Data for 30 Days
Rs 129915 GB 3G UL Data for 30 Days

Idea Cellular

Idea entered in the Kolkata circle in 2009, and it has been rapidly expanded its 2G network since then. As a result of Supreme Court’s verdict in 2012, its license quashed along with other operator’s licenses. After that, Idea bought some spectrum, and it now has a wide presence, thanks to its Indus towers venture where it holds 8 percent stake. Operators like Vodafone and Airtel are offering quality network, while Aircel & Reliance are providing cheap tariffs, so Idea gets unnoticed even if it offers cheap rates.

You can get a clear picture of that if you look at their ARPU in Kolkata, With 18 lakh users in the quarter of January, it has an ARPU of just Rs. 47.35, where market leader Vodafone has ARPU of Rs. 196.64. As of now, it is providing 3G through ICRA agreement with Vodafone, but speed are capped, so users prefer using Vodafone or Airtel & Aircel’s network as they provide good speeds. In the last auction, the Aditya Birla-owned telco also arranged 3G spectrum, which they will use in rolling out its own 3G network across the circle.

Idea Data Data pack Kolkata Circle
  • 2G Packs
Rs 1680 MB 2G Data for 3 Days
Rs 28140 MB 2G Data for 4 Days
Rs 47235 MB 2G Data for 7 Days
Rs 58300 MB 2G Data for 8 Days
Rs 98500 MB 2G Data for 14 Days
Rs 125625 MB 2G Data for 18 Days
Rs 1791 GB 2G Data for 30 Days
Rs 1991.25 GB 2G UL Data for 30 Days
Rs 2493 GB 2G UL Data for 30 Days
  • 3G Packs
Rs 51200 MB 3G Data for 6 Days
Rs 103300 MB 3G Data for 28 Days
Rs 169500 MB 3G Data for 28 Days
Rs 2511 GB 3G Data for 30 Days
Rs 3521.5 GB 3G Data for 30 Days
Rs 4512 GB 3G Data for 30 Days
Rs 12514 GB 3G Data for 90 Days
Rs 150110 GB 3G Data for 30 Days
Rs 6493 GB 3G UL Data for 30 Days
Rs 7514 GB 3G UL Data for 30 Days
Rs 8515 GB 3G UL Data for 30 Days
Rs 9513 GB 3G UL Data for 30 Days

Tata DoCoMo

Tata Sons-owned telecom unit has CDMA & 2G based GSM services in Kolkata. Earlier, it gained a lot of users as time they were providing cheap tariffs and unlimited voice calls. However, after the data surge, it lost customers due to lack of proper data network, while Aircel won consumer’s hearts for their dirt cheap rates and unlimited voice call offers.

Aircel also has a 3G network, and stiff competition from Airtel and Vodafone are the reasons why the DoCoMo is losing customers. Virgin Mobile, which was popular among youths for free data & voice offerings, was merged into Tata DoCoMo.

TATA Docomo Data Packs of Kolkata Circle
PriceBenefits
  • GSM 2G Packs
Rs 840 MB data for 1 Day
Rs 1580 MB data for 3 Day
Rs 32170 MB data for 5 Days
Rs 65350 MB data for 10 Days
Rs 66300 MB data for 28 Days
Rs 95750 MB data for 21 Days
Rs 1261 GB data for 30 Days
Rs 1491.5 GB data for 30 Days
Rs 2492.5 GB data for 30 Days
  • CDMA Data Packs
Rs 1261 GB data for 30 Days
Rs 2562 GB data for 30 Days
Rs 95500 MB data for 30 Days

BSNL Mobile

The state-run Calcutta Telephones provides BSNL Mobile services in 2G and 3G, and it recently decided to shut down CDMA Voice & 1x services. BSNL was the fist company to launch 3G services in the city, but their network is not upto mark. Signals drop frequently, and sometimes the signal vanishes away.

The telco lacks market distribution network, and its user base is just 9 lakhs even after combining all its wireless services . Even after providing cheap rates, consumers don’t want to use their service due to their low quality service.

BSNL Data Packs of Kolkata Circle
Price Benefits
Rs 1790 MB 3G/2G Data for 2 Days
Rs 39200 MB 3G/2G Data for 6 Days
Rs 681 GB 3G/2G Data for 5 Days
Rs 98650 MB 3G/2G Data for 14 Days
Rs 1551 GB 3G/2G Data for 20 Days
Rs 1981.1 GB 3G/2G Data for 28 Days
Rs 2512.2 GB 3G/2G Data for 28 Days

MTS India

Sistema’s local unit is providing CDMA data and voice services under the MTS brand in the Kolkata circle. It has Rev. B data network in the circle, which the network advertises as ‘3G Plus Network’. As there aren’t popular CDMA handsets in the market, the company chose the Wi-Fi platform to attract new customers.

The company is currently providing Wi-Fi dongles, but the ‘3G plus network’ lags behind Vodafone’s HSPA+ 3G (21.1 Mbps) network in real-time. You can see their data packs for CDMA data services on mobile phones in the chart below.

MTS Data Packs of Kolkata Circle
Packs Benefits
Rs 2481 GB Data for 28 Days
Rs 2991.5 GB Data for 28 Days
Rs 3993 GB Data for 28 Days
Rs 4995 GB Data for 28 Days
Rs 159918 GB Data for 90 Days

We would like to request you to verify these data packs with you respective customer care numbers if you are planning to recharge those denominations. Also, kindly share your views.

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