BSNL 3G Speed Test and Review

by vbb on April 25, 2010

in 3G

It feels great to move to a 3G network after using GPRS as the data speed enhancement is noteworthy. Currently the state owned players BSNL and MTNL are providing 3G services in India.The 3G spectrum auctions are going on and soon we will have a lot of players

Here is a quick recap of my experiences with BSNL 3G in my area.As I live in a village,it took a long time to get 3G in my area while friends living in city areas are enjoying it from a long time.

Speed Test on Mobile

To test the speed of my 3G network, i used  the site dslreports.com and mobilespeedtest.com.These sites download and upload some data from/to your mobile and gives you the speed based on time taken.Here are some of the screenshots of the speed test.

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Although I got a speed of 920kbps once but I don’t have screenshot of that.Here you can see a speed test snap of 821kbps.

As you can see from the screenshots-even after repeated attempts over 3 months,I was not able to touch the magical speed of 1mbps on mobile.However I got speeds above 1mbps while browsing on computer.

I tested the BSNL 3G speed using both sites mentioned above.

MobileSpeedTest.com shows the results in a graphical manner where you can compare the speed with DSL,broadband etc.

BSNL 3G Speed Test 1 BSNL 3G Speed Test 2 BSNL 3G Speed Test-3 BSNL 3G Speed Test-4 BSNL 3G Speed Test-5 BSNL 3G Speed Test-6 BSNL 3G Speed Test-7 BSNL 3G Speed Test-8

BSNL 3G Speed Test-9 BSNL 3G Speed Test-10 BSNL 3G Speed Test-11

Browsing Internet directly on mobile

I am using BSNL broadband at home as my primary internet connection and having this 3G connection from last 3 months.During these three months I have used 3G a lot.I have seen a lot of speed variations.As you know the speed depends on many factors-one being the distance from the tower.The connection once established is consistent i.e. it does not break up but speed varied in my tests.

From the screenshots posted above,you can say that the browsing speed is good enough to get a broadband experience.Normal web browsing/ email was fast.Even playing videos on YouTube is  a pleasant experience.The videos I watched were delivered fast enough and it played without hiccups ie. without stopping for buffering.

Browsing on computer using mobile as a modem.

I connect my Nokia 5800 xPressMusic to my computer and use the inbuilt modem to surf over 3G connection.SpeedTest.net is a great site for testing speed of your internet connection.Here are some of the screenshots I have taken during  testing of BSNL 3G speed.

BSNL 3G Speed Test (1) BSNL 3G Speed Test (2) BSNL 3G Speed Test (3) BSNL 3G Speed Test (4) BSNL 3G Speed Test (5) BSNL 3G Speed Test (6)

However these are the top speeds I have got,but normally the speed is below than that shown above.You can compare the above to my BSNL broadband speed shown below-

broadband1 broadband2

What’s more?

I am happy to make a shift from GPRS usage to 3G as the speed enhancement is great.But the speeds shown above still do not compare well to speed one can get in western countries.

PC world has conducted a speed test for various providers in US last year and this year too.The average speed there is a way above 1mbps.But in India I have seen a few people reporting the speed in the same range I have described above.

Overall I have a good review for BSNL 3G speed.I have enjoyed it.What about you? Please share your experiences.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

babukanna August 21, 2010 at 10:19 am

i am also using 3g with nokia 5800 mobile modem but my net speed is very slow downloading speed is only 12kbits ! how can i increase please tell me in my email id please

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Tony stark September 14, 2010 at 12:03 am

yes its true i get shit speeds on pc ie 15-20 kbps what can i do but in mobile ist 50kbps

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Mahesh October 12, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Hello, I want to know, What is the fastest 3G speed Nokia N95 can have?

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rushikesh November 7, 2010 at 1:15 pm

what is the difference between 3g(hspa) and fast 3g

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rihanna November 22, 2010 at 6:53 am

India is doing a great Job keep it up

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Robin gutpta November 28, 2010 at 10:32 pm

hi, speed is good
bsnl 3g user ..i am also bsnl 3g user using as data card.. i found one issue of bsnl 3g using in my laptop..i need ur mail to conform this issue..the problem is after connecting net continue for 1 and half hour to 2 hr ..after that download speed get 000 and you will not able to open a single web page..and again we have to disconnect the net and connect it to get the speed ..did any one notice this,,if yes or no ..try it once and let me know my email id is robinopt.007@gmail.com. and pls give a complain about this to bsnl office

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Kamal January 2, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Nice review done with great screen shot, but all people are lucky like the person reviewed, I as a BSNL 3G user has a very bad experiance, for the last onr and half year I am with BSNL and to my fate I have never seen speed more than 30 to 40 KBPS and some time worst than than onr of my friend using claims me that he always gets more than 1Mbps speed, but I can’t trust him as he was never able to make me show any screen shots where as I have always shared. The funny fact is that I even went to the bsnl office Shared them tge fact with all sort of screen shot but those people were of no help. Last J ahve to choose Reliance as 3G service provider I ahve wasted a lot of money on BSNL to get proper 3G service, BSNL IS BY DEFAULT THE CHAEPEST SERVICE PROVIDER FOR 3G BUT THE COVERAGE IN CITY IS VERY POOR AND SPEED IS MORE POOR THAN ANY GPRS SERVICE PROVIDER, FOR KOLKATA IF U ALL REALLY WANT TO HAVE 3G EXPERIANCE GO FOR RELIANCE U WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.

WITH BSNL 3G U CAN NEVER GET GOOD OR DEVENT BATTETY LIFE…

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avinash badkas January 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Believe me Guys its all about range, i am using it from 2 weeks and i have purchased one usb 2.0 extension cable to put in window to have full range.

The speed i get is always between 200-250 KB/S (not kb/s).

workaround to get full speed- > 1. Dont unplug BSNL data card (teracom)
2. Restart the machine.
3. Connect to internet

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rajinder singh March 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm

hello sir i m a new net user so i want to know about 3g

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shantanu June 25, 2011 at 1:57 pm

bsnl 3g is joke

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zazzle best sellers March 31, 2011 at 12:52 am

The best I believe is relience. What do other people think? BSNL 3G is just pathetic ….

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shantanu June 25, 2011 at 1:55 pm

mai kya karu ram muze bsnl 3g milgaya

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Arfat balde August 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm

hi friends i want 2 take a sugession from u ..can i take bsnl 3g for my apple4g

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Souryadeep August 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm

I m frm Singur, west bengal & i am using bsnl 3g. Its awesome ……….. believe me guys…. its giving 1.5 mbps avg….sometimes 2.8 mbps …….. superlike

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Neyaz Khan September 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Dear Friends

i m from jharkhand jamshedpur, For testing purpose i tried with Rs 10 that data i gated 20Mb. that time its working very fine i goted the speed 1.5 Mbps. then again i m using normal GPRs pack in that time i gated the message for Rs 100 250Mb plan is their for 1 month. this plan i took after finish of GPRS pack. but now i m not gated 1.5 Mbps speed i m getting only normal Gprs speed 100Kbps. any one know whats the reason?

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MD. SAIFUL ISLAM September 9, 2011 at 9:50 am

HELLO, FRIENDS, I AM FROM ASANSOL WEST BENGAL. I HAVE TESTED 3G SPEED UNDER DIFFERENT SERVICE PROVIDER. AND FOUND THAT IN MY LOCALITY AIRCEL 3G IS BEST, UPOAD SPEED ABOVE .99 mbps AND DOWN LOAD SPEED 1.5 mbps ( BY USING speedtest.net, WITH MY MMX 352G USB 3G MODEM ). AT THE TIME OF DOWN LOADING MP3 FILES FROM songs.pk AIRCEL 3G GIVES MORE THAN 250 kbps SPEED, AIRTEL 3G GIVES NEAR ABOUT 130 kbps SPEED, RELIANCE 3G GIVES 100 kbps SPEED AND BSNL 3G GIVES 150 kbps SPEED. BUT UPLOAD SPEED IS WORST ON BSNL 3G ( NEAR ABOUT 50 kbps). IHAVE NOT TESTED VODAFONE.

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Rahul September 10, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Hi
Iam getting a very good speed at hyderabad around 3 mbps download 2 mbps upload for bsnl 3g (3.2 mbps)data card.

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tarique Hussain February 18, 2012 at 12:31 am

Hello friend I am from bhubaneswar Ian Gering a very good speed from b.s.n.l

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Avsn Murthy P February 27, 2012 at 7:15 am

Please sir send the sbi softwear in mobile nokia C5-00 PLSE SIR

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P.Thulasiappan April 21, 2012 at 6:58 am

Please sir send the sbi softwear in mobile nokia C5-00 PLSE SIR

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