Now with the introduction of 3G Broadband in India claiming to deliver a maximum speed of 7.2 Mbps (even 21 Mbps in some states) the experience of broadband internet has changed. New alternatives for faster internet have opened for people. But inspite of all the flaunts and apparent benifits of 3G one must know the pros and cons of both and make the choice accordingly.
Some Advantages of wireless 3G connection over wired connection
1) As it’s wireless it works wherever you have a 3G signal.
2) No line problems or outages due to wiring or cable problems.
3) It’s a mobile solution, in case of BSNL 3G its works all over India without any roaming changes which is a boom for users who travel a lot.
4) You can use a single 3G connection with your Mobile phone and use its internal modem to use it with your computer and you can also use your mobile smartphone to browse or check emails on the move a true mobile office solution.
Some Advantages of wired connection over wireless 3G connection
3G broadband is a bad choice if you use VOIP / Video chats or do online gaming due to the nature of wireless connections which adds a lot of latency to the
connection thus you get slight delays and in applications like VOIP and gaming this matters a lot, for example for a server I use a lot on a wired connection I get around 300ms ping and the same server on a 3G connection the ping times increase to around 490ms, I would also suggest opting for a wired broadband connection if you watch a lot of videos online on sites like Youtube cause with a wired connection there is a lot less fluctuation with your broadband speeds and you get a consistent speed based on of your chosen speeds, but in the case of Wireless 3G connection for example lets take BSNL 3G which is rated at 3.6 Mbps you would be lucky if you would get a consistent speed of even 1 Mbps, personally for me BSNL 3G fluctuates between 200 kbps – 1.6 Mbps which causes problems with high bandwidth applications.
Also do remember with wireless connection like 3G your speed is dependent on a number of variables such as number of users simultaneously connected to the cell tower and also your signal strength plays an important role, so one day you might get good speeds but at other times you might get very low to average speeds and you cannot do anything about the same, do remember that 3G is fairly new in India and when the number of users will increase the average speeds will naturally come down as the cell tower would have to be shared among those users.