Fastest 3G in Trivandrum — Idea

Review of: Idea 3G
Aditya Birla Group
Rs. 10 — Rs. 1346

Reviewed by:
On March 2, 2013
Last modified:March 2, 2013


Thiruvananthapuram — Idea Cellular's 3G services is performing a very good service in data services. Each user is getting a constant speed of 1 MB/sec download speed as well as 100 KB/sec upload speed.

Got to say — Idea’s 3G connection is the fastest 3G in Trivandrum after conducting a test which measures the speed of downloads & uploads. I have tested this connection with many parts of Trivandrum and has to say that the speed remained constant.


  • Very Good Coverage.
  • Faster Speeds for Downloads (~1.2 MB/sec).
  • 30 Minutes plan Available.
  • Data Balance Notifications.
  • Prepaid & Postpaid plans available.


  • Customer Support isn’t up to expectations.
  • Activation of sim card is delayed.
  • Upload speed is lower than other providers (~100 KB/sec).

Fastest 3G in Trivandrum

Fastest 3G in Trivandrum - Idea

I have reviewed it by some basic factors such as download speed, upload speed, coverage, customer support & reliability. Like a normal user, I would say Idea 3G is the best in terms of download speed compared to other 3G providers in Trivandrum. Airtel & Vodafone uses Idea’s 3G towers to provide their customers with 3G services but the users using these 2 mobile network would only get speeds up to 5 Mbps.  Presently I have Airtel, Idea prepaid connections and had used Vodafone too.

While checking out the download speeds of different 3G connections, Here is the list :

  • Idea — 1 MB/sec
  • Tata Docomo — 600 KB/sec
  • Vodafone — 500 KB/sec (Using Idea’s Towers)
  • Airtel — 400 KB/sec (Using Idea’s Towers)
  • Reliance — 300 KB/sec
  • BSNL — 100 KB/sec

The above list was created by taking the average of all the speed tests conducted in different places. Average signal strength for all the providers was 50%, connections was tested using a normal laptop with an AT&T Sierra AC308 Unlocked dongle which claims to support maximum up to 21 Mbps down-link. Speeds are measured using as well as downloading a test file from random websites using Internet Download Manager as well as the standard download manager of Google Chrome.

The Winner!

Fastest 3G in Trivandrum - Idea

Downloading sample file IDM with Idea 3G

I had tested this by downloading a 1GB file from leaseweb’s mirror site. The mirror is located at Evoswitch DC, Haarlem, The Netherlands and is running on a 4GE connection.

Okay — In a second, I thought that maybe Idea was not able to give the same speed for downloading torrents, but I was wrong as the torrents were downloaded at the same speed (1 MB/sec) which was incredible.

As a normal user, I would also like to choose Idea’s Rs. 10 offer that would give you 30 minutes of unlimited data usage — With this great speed, we can download lots in 30 minutes!

March 2, 2013
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