A small bit of research on consumer’s side can go a long way in ensuring a better experience and availing of a trustworthy connectivity. 3G Coverage Area has improved and expanded relatively well as compared to the 2G services, mainly due to the recent investment in infrastructure for 3G setup by all major telecom companies.
3G Coverage Area
Investigating a bit about the reach of your wireless provider is a good way to gauge its effectiveness. For starters, let’s have a look at the Reliance Broadband range. Based on its official stats, it’s safe to assume that Reliance Coverage Area has strong presence in about 24000 towns and 6 lakh villages. Though distribution and infrastructure wise this might be a fact but believing it blindly would be foolhardy. Reliance Broadband and its Netconnect have presence in almost 500 major Indian cities. Though highways and major rail routes would face no issues, what has to be tested are the connectivity capabilities in far off villages. Coverage area maps don’t claim to be accurate and also don’t account for weak signal areas or even dead areas. An ideal coverage map would be one which is segregated in strong, fair and weak signal bands. It would help the consumer relate the product with his needs (long distance, for daily or emergency use etc.)
Now let us evaluate what is regarded as one of the best high speed USB internet service – the Tata Photon plus. Tata Photon Coverage Area is limited to a select few cities. Mostly tier 2 and tier 3 cities are included sparsely in its coverage. It has also stated that in those regions where its service is not available directly, the speed is switched over to 153 kbps. Now it is up to the user to decide whether or not to avail these services.
in India have often faced criticism for not being this transparent. This has led to drop in speeds, slower browsing and downloading, stuttered 3G experience and loss of brand value to many of the major Indian 3G vendors.