Reliance Communications has announced the launch of Reliance NetConnect Broadband using the Wireless EVDO technology using its underlying CDMA network. Only using this technology, Reliance Broadband will be able to touch a speed greater than 1 Mbps. We are highly skeptical if Reliance can deliver the speed that it has claimed – 1.8 Mbps to 3.1 Mbps [It is worth debating even if they can achieve this broadband speed in ideal conditions in their own test labs]

Our personal experience of Reliance Datacard for Internet access has been pathetic with mere 10 Kbps speed instead of the promised 128 Kbps.

Reliance already provides WiMax Broadband which has tasted little success due to technology bottlenecks. To push the NetConnect Wireless Broadband, Reliance has placed an order for 1 mn USB Modems with ZTE.

According to National Telecom Policy of 1999, Reliance NetConnect EVDo Broadband services is illegal said COAI Chairman, T .V Ramchandra.

If allowed (the EVDO services, which is a 3G service), would be a gross violation of all principles of level-playing field enshrined in, inter alia, NTP-99. It would also be violative of Articles 14, 19(1)(g) and 21 of the Constitution.

Will the DoT, Ministry of Communications or TRAI intervene ?

Update:
Reliance NetConnect Broadband Plus’ High End Tariff Rs 1,750 is also imposing a cap on UNLIMITED data transfer plans restricting it to 50 Gigs of Data Transfer after which you are likely to be charged extra.

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