Idea’s own 3G network now starts appearing in Kolkata

Looks like Idea Cellular is all set to launch its own 3G network in Kolkata ahead of the launch of its Vodafone 4G in December. Idea’s 3G signal is now appearing in many places with constant signal throughout Kolkata.


We earlier reported that Idea Cellular may launch their own 3G network during Diwali. However, they haven’t launched their 3G network yet or haven’t made any official statement on this regard. We can see Idea’s 3G signal in many parts in Kolkata, including DumDum, Sodepur, and Barrackpore. Those signals were alive for a few hours. However, during testing, we didn’t succeed to log into 3G network from an Idea SIM.

With the 3G launch, Idea would be the 6th 3G network in Kolkata, leaving Tata DoCoMo as the only operator with a 2G network. Idea is deploying 3G network on 2100 MHz band unlike Airtel’s 3G on 900 MHz band in Kolkata. However, we assume that Idea customers would also access Vodafone 3G under ICRA.

With its own 3G network, Idea could offer even cheaper data as it is already the operator is offering lowest rates when it comes to data rates. Many Idea customers are getting 1GB 3G at just Rs. 123 as a special offer while the company offering 1GB 2G data at just Rs. 58. Idea’s 2G network is quite good, but it lacks 3G network.

The Whole the market is almost saturated, and Vodafone, Airtel, and Aircel are the three biggest player in terms of subscriber base. So, we can surely say that its own 3G network could help them grow in the market.

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Amit Kumar Das
November 19, 2015 7:08 pm 7:08 PM

Now Idea 3G signals are available at Suburbs of Kolkata.

November 16, 2015 11:16 pm 11:16 PM

I live in Kolkata (Jadavpur area) using IDEA 3G network @Rs.123/- for last 8 months with an excellent 3G speed.
I hope in future with its own 3G network (currently it’s ties up with Vodafone) it will become more cheaper than other 3G service providers, You can find special offers by pressing *121#

November 16, 2015 11:29 pm 11:29 PM

What about 2G offer in Kolkata circle from IDEA?

Amit Kumar Das
November 19, 2015 7:35 pm 7:35 PM

In 2g segment Airtel is the best regarding speed. Gives approx 20kB/sec all time.

November 17, 2015 12:45 pm 12:45 PM

2G is little slow in comparison with other service providers, dial *121# for offers frm your idea sim

Amit Kumar Das
November 15, 2015 11:00 am 11:00 AM

Yesterday I went to Esplanade. There Idea’s testing network appeared named as 404-999 (3G).

But in suburbs such as Serampore, Rishra etc. the network is not visible.

November 16, 2015 7:39 pm 7:39 PM

Same in coimbatore

james bond
November 15, 2015 8:52 pm 8:52 PM

actually that is Rail GSM for railway network connected equipments. could be used by metro rail.

Imon Aryan
November 15, 2015 1:39 pm 1:39 PM

The mystery network is actually belongs to Defense . I’m also getting the network ‘404999’ in Barrackpore Cantonment Area.

Amit Kumar Das
November 15, 2015 1:57 pm 1:57 PM

If that is a defense network then Idea has not switched on all their 3G towers for testing yet.

November 15, 2015 11:16 am 11:16 AM

Look like of defence sign . I m too got same at vashi bridge