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RCOM Launches Netconnect Broadband Plus With Upto 3.1 Mbps Wireless Download Speed; 3G, WiMAX?

Update: The speeds mentioned for the service are the same as those mentioned for CDMA2000 EVDV:

“…downlink (forward link) data rates up to 3.1 Mbit/s and uplink (reverse link) data rates of up to 1.8 Mbit/s. EV-DV can also support concurrent operation of legacy 1x voice users, 1x data users, and high speed EV-DV data users within the same radio channel.” More at Wikipedia.

Original Story: On March 17, Reliance Communications will launch “Netconnect Broadband Plus”, a wireless broadband service which promises a download speed of 3.1 Mbps, and an upload speed of 1.8 Mbps. RCOM claims that the high speed broadband service will be available in 35 cities, and will have a seamless handover to their CDMA 1x service in the rest of the 20,000 towns and 4.5 lakh villages.

The Pricing: Rs. 299 per month, on a pay per use basis, and Rs. 499 per month for unlimited usage at night. 

Is this HSDPA or EVDO? Or Is Reliance Connecting To Its Fixed WiMAX Network?

Now a 3.1 Mbps connection is highly improbable on their CDMA network. As one of Reliance’s USB datacard customers, I know that they struggle to give consistent connection speed, and the average speed is rarely more than 5 Kbps. So how are they able to give such a high speed data access? Is this an EVDO or HSDPA service, or is RCOM somehow connecting to its fixed WiMAX network? Remember that BSNL was offering its EVDO data service much before the company launched its 3G services.

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Update: Looks like CDMA2000 EVDV. We’re still awaiting a confirmation from RCOM. 

Optimistic Targets

RCOM is targeting 6 million laptop users, 1 million 1X CDMA Datacard users and 8 million home PC users for this service. That target looks very very optimistic, keeping in mind that India has, in all, less 6 million broadband subscribers.


— 3G India: BSNL 3G Service Already Operational – 2Mbps Via EVDO for Rs 750/month
— BSNL Prices 3G Data Pack At Rs. 3000 For Unlimited Usage
— Q309: RCom VAS Revenues Up Just 2.7% At At Rs. 113.9 Crores/Month

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