Mapping Idea 3G Speeds in Coastal Karnataka and Hyderabad Regions

Over the past few days we at TelecomTALK had been reviewing Idea Cellular’s 3G network. We assessed Idea’s 3G on Idea’s own 3G network in Andhra Pradesh circle (in Hyderabad) and in Coastal Karnataka where Idea 3G is offered through ICRA. The Internet speeds were measured using Speedtest application installed on Samsung Galaxy Y Duos with network mode configured to ‘Auto’ – GSM/WCDMA.

Idea’s 3G network was present in major towns and cities along the highway. In most of the cases the network and speeds were strong at central locations and decreased as we moved away. This is often the case with most of the operators, but we believe telcos must also consider improving the coverage in the suburbs as well. Peak time speeds get affected in central locations as several people would be accessing the network at such times. Advanced network solutions like Self-Organized-Networks (SON) can be effective here.

Interactive Map

24082014_15:57:39The speeds we experienced during our testing are displayed on the interactive map below. Using the interactive map is similar to using Google or Bing Maps.

  1. Use mouse scroll wheel to zoom in or out
  2. Click and hold left button on mouse to move around
  3. Click on any point to know the speeds we experienced at a particular location. You can click ‘Zoom to’ to zoom into that point and move around



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Speeds on Chart

The maximum download speed we experienced was 3.35 Mbps and upload speeds were always lesser than 0.20 Mbps.


Idea is known to have reliable voice network and 3G is no different. We felt the speeds were slightly lower at times but was certainly usable. Readers, do you use Idea 3G? Do let us know your experience through comments. Also check out our on the road review of Airtel 3G.


  1. The exact points of speed measurements might be off by few meters as it takes time to get GPS fix on the move.
  2. Before making a buying decision we urge you to check the internet speeds through your friends or through service providers. It must be remembered that 3G speeds vary widely from location to location.

Thanks to Idea Cellular AP Circle for providing us this opportunity.

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34 Comments on "Mapping Idea 3G Speeds in Coastal Karnataka and Hyderabad Regions"


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August 26, 2014 9:24 am 9:24 AM

I have one suggestion to make

kindly search for open signal maps on play store & report its result here after few days…………..

Disclaimer: I am not a developer of this app………& i have used this app so i felt like posting here.

August 25, 2014 2:46 pm 2:46 PM

Idea have very poor network and speed in mp, speed is only 50KB/s and 100KB/s(max)

August 25, 2014 3:17 pm 3:17 PM

In my area idea give max 8 kbps only show bytes..

cc says our speed 128kbps but …

idea customers ko ullu bana raha h…..

August 25, 2014 8:29 pm 8:29 PM

exactly bro and 2g speed is only 2-5KB/s i have to wait 5 minutes to open a full page

August 25, 2014 12:18 pm 12:18 PM

In Pune many networks are jammed due to heavy rains i think
yesterday there was heavy rainfall here in pune
BSNL,TD net stopped working Vodafone managed to start net but speed in H+network was 0.38mbps downloading but took around 3 min to open google and again Idea wins with speed 1mbps and steady
Again i have moved to pune for furthur education
Here my room mate uses Tata Photon+ and Reliance Netconnect dongles
Tata photon + in heavy rain managed speed around 1.8mbps and reliance netconnect shocked me with speed touching 4mbps