Will 4G Services Ensure Decent Speed or is it All Talk?

Come 4G, and all your internet woes will be a thing of the past. The dire internet situation in India will soon come to an end and henceforth it will be consistent internet at high speed. Well, that seems to be the promise, at least from politicians pushing Digital India and the telecom companies.

But, we know better, don’t we?

For most purposes, a decent 3G connection is all that you need given that telecom operators started off their 3G mobile services promising speeds up to 21mbps. Most people would settle for a consistent speed of a quarter of that, or 5mbps, from their 3G mobile service provider, but going by industry reports, the best speed you can expect is 2-3mbps. Not even half that while on the road.

In fact, last year telecom regulator TRAI proposed to set a minimum of one mbps download speed for 3G networks!

So despite over 4 years of its existence in India, 3G is still very limited in terms of reach and service standards. A bit of investment in telecom infrastructure could have improved the situation quite a lot, but instead, it seems the companies have all jumped on to the 4G bandwagon.

Will 4G bring about a big improvement in internet speed and consistent service or will promises remain unfulfilled? Only time will tell.

Idea cellular launches 4G Services in South India

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Idea Cellular, India’s third largest mobile phone operator, launched high-speed fourth-generation (4G) mobile phone services across 75 towns in five southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

In doing so, Idea became the third mobile operator to launch 4G services in India after Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India, and ahead of Reliance Jio’s much publicised countrywide roll out of 4G services.

Idea’s 4G LTE services will first cover Kochi, Hosur, Kadapa, Malappuram, Madurai, Mysore, Rajahmundry, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Tiruppur, Vijayawada and Vishakhapatnam, while Belgaum, Calicut, Cuddalore, Chitradurga, Guntur, Kakinada, Kancheepuram and Trichur will follow by 31st December 2015. Services will be expanded to all large towns in the South by March 2016, the company said in a statement.