For a couple of weeks or so, there have been reports that Airtel is testing its’ 3G network, but we couldn’t connect to its network, or rather, Airtel didn’t want us to be connected to 3G as yet.
Today morning, on a lovely Boxing Day in Mumbai, I somehow managed to connect to its 3G network tinkering few things here and there on my Galaxy S phone. As far as the speed goes, you can see them in the images:
An Okay-ish speed of 1.75Mbps download and 1.46Mbps upload.
Remember that this is only the speed of HSDPA network (with a maximum speed of 3.2Mbps), which most people render as 3G any way.
There is another high speed HSPA+ network with a maximum speed of 21.1Mbps, which obviously gives multiple times more speed than HSDPA. You will need a compatible phone or Data card to enjoy such speed.
Galaxy S supports a maximum HSDPA speed of 7.2Mbps but I’m sure that when I tested this, I was on a 3.2Mbps Airtel HSDPA network.
The IMEI is blacked out in the second picture for obvious reasons
During testing, only Data network was active; Calls and USSD codes weren’t allowed. This may sound stupid, but this is indeed possible.