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Is 3G just about speed?

3G Technology
Into the future with 3G. (source : Praval’s Photo Stream)

Earlier this month, we saw country’s first privately held 3G service from Tata Docomo. With large marketing efforts across all possible advertising medium, Tata Docomo established itself as the first private company to roll out commercial 3G services across 9 circles. This was analogous to NTT Docomo, the partners being the first company in the world to provide commercial 3G, a few years back! We’ve had promises from Airtel and Vodafone to launch 3G soon.

3G has been in India for the past several months, but owned by MTNL and BSNL, the PSU duo. Let’s not get into a debate of performance and service they offer!

We’ve had iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS phones in India, much before we had 3G. To some, that may sound astonishing! But that’s the fact. A phone which is supposedly one of the most powerful phones in the Indian market was handicapped over 2G networks!

But does that mean 3G network is just about speed? No. Hence I gave an example of iPhone. The sheer beauty this device has and which makes it a smartphone is the OS and the ability to enhance the device using numerous applications, which range from being available for free to several thousand dollars!

3G technology is more about the experience it brings in, rather than the speed. Speed may just be an enabler. The services, applications, possibilities, emerging devices and reliability is what comes as a bundle.

A few days ago, I got a chance to visit the land of 3G – Japan and experience the 3G and the next generation technologies! Thanks to TATA Docomo for sponsoring the trip! Japan is not only the land of rising sun, but a land where the first commercial 3G was launched! Japan has experienced 3G for a few years already and are shortly moving to the next generation mobile technology called LTE (Long-Term-Evolution) which has far more capabilities and speed!

Let’s check out some of the interesting things we did using the 3G phones we had at our disposal for the entire duration of our stay!

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3G Wifi Router

Apart from these, there was a lot of exciting stuff we did using the 3G technology. For example, the wireless wifi router we had worked seamlessly on 3G and could host as many as 5 devices for over 6 hours!

To summarize, what we experienced was not just about speed, but the experience that 3G shall bring along. Staying in India, where 3G has just hit the shore, I am looking forward to some of the best use of 3G technology on the lines of what I experienced in a 3 day trip to NTT DOCOMO, in Tokyo, Japan

  1. @Praval: K, here it goes - those 'futuristic' uses of 3G you mentioned aren't actually 3G, are they? They are just applications and services which use internet, which here is provided as wireless (3G).

    Why they are not possible on EDGE or GPRS? 'Coz they are slow to execute such application processes. Time taking it is, that's why we or the Japanese use 3G for it. That concludes 3G as, is just about the speed, wireless. ;)

    What say?

  2. @Rishi: As I said, 3G or any other technology that has higher speed is just an enabler. Most of the services would have never come into existence had there not been continuous developments in technology. Did you ever think of 3D multiplayer games across continents in the age of dial-up? I am sure not. Speed was an enabler. It's more about the experience.

    Technically too, 3G technology solves various other problems including the bandwidth which 2G spectrum would provide. That would possibly link to lesser call drops, etc. even if we ignore data usage.

    :D

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