Enjoy the speed of #Airtel4G . #Amazing. This speed is calculated while a video file was downloading simultaneously. pic.twitter.com/yQt0tbdcjt — CryBytes (@crybytes) August 6, 2015The good thing though is that 3G services and speeds seem to be slightly better, maybe because of less congestion (with some users moving to 4G) or because Bharti Airtel is doing something about it for a change.
In a huge press conference a few days ago, Airtel officially launched its 4G services in India. The company also announced tie ups with Flipkart, Samsung and Wynk Music to provide additional services. Bharti Group has taken a few months head start in the fourth generation segment by launching 4G services across 296 towns, ahead of its rival Reliance Jio, which is planning to launch on December. Airtel rolled out the service on the 2300MHz spectrum band that it acquired from Qualcomm last year. The TDD-LTE variant of 4G technology promises speed of as much as 80Mbps. Airtel is also offering its 4G service on all smart devices, including mobile phones, dongles, 4G hotspots and Wi-Fi dongles. One has to only switch to a 4G SIM which will be done in 10 minutes if a customer is already on Airtel’s network, and within four hours if it’s a new subscriber. The SIM swap will be done for free. Coming to the speeds of the newly launched service, it made my home WiFi look something for kindergarten kids. Comparing my Vodafone 3G, WiFi and Airtel 4G, there were some astonishing results which 4G leading the pack quite comfortably. Inside the premises, the speeds could easily jump to 25Mbps, but in places like Vasant Kunj and Gurgaon, the speeds won’t go higher than 5 Mbps. However, the upload speeds were a little disappointing. These services were launched a couple of months back in the trial stage, just to check the response of users. But as far as consistency and quality goes, there is much to be desired. controversy around zero rated plans and opposition to OTT players by telecom companies. With all these problems, Airtel must keep their fingers crossed for its success.