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MTNL to invest Rs 400 cr to increase 3G Internet speed

State-owned telecom company MTNL plans to invest about Rs 400 crore to increase 3G mobile Internet speed by up to six times, and enhance the coverage of 2G network.

‘We have floated tender for enhancing 2G and 3G coverage in National Capital Region. Under this project, we are working to enhance maximum speed of 3G Internet by six times. The total project is estimated to cost us Rs 400 crore,’ MTNL chairman and managing director A K Garg said.

At present, the maximum speed of data download on MTNL's 3G networks based on HSDPA technology is about 3.6 megabit per second (mbps). It plans to increase that to 21.1 Mbps by using HSPA+ technology.

At the current speed a user is able to download a 600 MB file in around 24 minutes. At 21 mbps, the same file can be downloaded in 4 minutes. However, the downloads depend on a lot of other factors such as the server location, number of subscribers using network at a time.
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