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3G = Mobile Broadband Internet

Globally, the term 3G is used for Mobile Broadband data services with speeds greater than 200 kbps. Although this covers both GSM & CDMA data services, in India the term 3G is currently used exclusively with GSM data services.

What can you do with 3G?

  • Stay connected on your mobile device with multiple Internet services at the SAME time
  • Quickly upload / download LARGE movie / game / music files on the move
  • View videos directly off the Internet while on the move
  • Listen to Internet Radio on the move
  • Make & Receive Video calls, Make & Receive Voice calls over the Internet

What do you need to enjoy 3G services?

  • 3G data services coverage from an operator in your city/town
  • 3G-enabled device such as a phone or modem
  • Active subscription to an operator?s 3G data service plan

Which Operators provide 3G services?

Only telecom operators working with GSM technology and who have been awarded licenses by the Indian Government can provide 3G services. Hence, ONLY the following operators currently can provide 3G data services:

Private 3G operators:

  • Airtel
  • Aircel
  • Idea
  • Reliance
  • Tata Docomo
  • Vodafone

Government 3G operators:

  • MTNL
  • BSNL



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3G Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is 3G?

Third Generation or 3G is a generic term used for the next generation of mobile communication systems. The 3G network gives you the power of higher speeds to enjoy multimedia services, high speed mobile broadband and internet access with the ability to view videos on your mobile handset. With a 3G phone and access to the 3G network you can make video calls, watch live TV, access high speed internet and enjoy live streaming at never before speeds.

2. Is 3G a different technology from 2G?

Running on technology called High Speed Packet Access (HSPA), 3G networks can send data many times faster than the rates of earlier 2G networks, which means that in addition to audio, graphics and text, 3G customers can also send and receive video content in 3G coverage areas.

3. What is HSPA and WCDMA?

  • HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) is a new generation communication protocol that allows data connections up to 21 Mbps per user in good coverage and quality conditions. Today mobile phones & USB Data Cards are available with HSPA.
  • WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) is a 3G technology version that allows data connections up to 384 Kbps per user in good coverage and quality conditions.

4. What will happen if I am out of 3G coverage area?

You will continue to access 2G/2.5G (GPRS/EDGE) services in areas where 3G coverage is absent. Please ensure that your network setting on your device is on dual / auto mode.

5. Am I required to replace my operator?s existing (2G) SIM Card?

3G will work on your existing 2G SIM Card. You will not be required to change your SIM Card.

6. Can I use 3G Internet access on my laptop/netbook?

  • Laptops without 3G capability will not be able to latch on to a 3G network. For using your laptop to browse the Internet, you will need to use it as mentioned below:
    • Use a 3G phone as a modem, and connect it to your Laptop/Desktop to browse Internet at High Speeds.
    • Alternatively, if you want to use your laptop or desktop, you could use a 3G USB modem or 3G WiFi router to browse the Internet at High Speed.
  • In cases of Netbooks which have a GSM SIM card slot, the 3G activated SIM could be inserted and these netbooks can then be used to browse internet at high speeds.



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