In an attempt to explain 3G to the public, Kuensel's February 20, 2012 "My Say" corner featured an article by Tshewang Yeshey from B-Mobile, trying to "provide a little insight on the subject" of 3G. Tshewang writes:
"3G speed is remarkably so high that you can download a whopping 500 page Word document in a blink of an eye or... an average size DVD movie within a minute or two"
But more importantly: 3G is indeed much faster than 2G, and in theory should support video calls via Skype and similar services. It also has the important advantage of supporting voice and data simultaneously (with 2G, if you use data, you cannot use voice and vice versa).
However, the current 3G reality in Bhutan is not that rosy. First, 3G is currently only available in some locations in Thimphu. Second, even in Thimphu, the actual speed is much slower than eye-blink downloads, reasonable movie streaming or video calls. Although coverage is about to change, we are still worried about the speed. As long as the international capacity of Bhutan will not meet up with demand, the theoretical 3G speed will not manifest in practice.