After launching 4G services in in Kolkata, Bengaluru, Pune and now Chandigarh, Airtel is now planning to roll out state-of-the-art networks in remaining license circles. These are Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala.
“Earlier last year, Bharti Airtel acquired 49 percent interest in Qualcomm AP’s India entities that hold BWA licenses in Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala. The company has launched its 4G LTE services in Kolkata, Bengaluru, Pune and now Chandigarh, and is currently working towards rolling out state-of-the-art networks in remaining license circles”, Airtel said in a statement.
Bharti Airtel has the advantage of pan-India GSM and 3G networks and with the deployment of cutting edge CSFB functionality, we will have the flexibility of using either or both the networks to support voice services on our TD-LTE platform..
Airtel said that that this launch further enhances the footprint of mobile broadband in India.
“We are optimistic about the potential of Airtel 4G services and invite our data savvy customers in Punjab to enjoy this world class data experience”, it said.
Bharti Airtel, in May 2012 had appointed Chinese Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions giant Huawei, to plan, design, supply and deploy its TD LTE (4G) network in Karnataka.
Before that Airtel had rolled out 4G services in Kokata with another Chinese telco major ZTE.
Airtel’s 4G challenges is an outcome of poor standardization in the world. For example, TD-LTE is driven out of China mainly China Mobile. China Mobile and Alcatel-Lucent announced a new lightRadio Metro Radio.
Operators need cost effective networks. If several countries are looking for several network bands, cost is bound to increase.
Airtel 4G will leverage the most advanced 4G LTE technology to deliver superfast access to data services for customers to stream High Definition (HD) videos, enjoy multiple chatting, instantly upload photos, download rich content and more.
“The much awaited launch of Airtel 4G services fulfills a huge market requirement and will give customers in Chandigarh the power to upgrade to cutting edge 4G LTE technology - the most advanced wireless broadband experience available across the globe today” said Jagbir Singh, CTO & Director, Network Services Group, Bharti Airtel.
The Telecom Commission, the highest decision-making body in the communications ministry, on Monday allowed holders of so-called 4G spectrum, until now permitted to provide only high-speed Internet services on mobiles, to offer voice calls to customers by paying an additional 1,658 crore for a pan-India licence. MukeshAmbani-controlled Reliance is the only company that holds pan-India 4G permits.
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