India’s First 4G Service Goes Live in Kolkata Courtesy Airtel

Airtel today official launched its 4G service on a  TD-LTE, making India one of the first countries in the world to commercially deploy this cutting-edge technology.During the 4G launch Kapil Sibal admitted the fact that 3G spectrum is costly hence the tariff is high. He also told that true internet revolution will come when affordable devices will come in the market. He shared his dream to get every Indian child to have tablet containing e-books instead of a bag full of books.

With this launch, India joins the most advanced telecom markets in the world and marks the beginning of a new chapter in the country’s telecom success story.Airtel’s 4G (TD-LTE) network was launched by Mr. Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India.

After Kolkata Airtel will be launching 4G in Bangalore this month followed by Pune and in Chandigarh the cost of the 4G USIM  will be Rs 49 and airtel 4G dongle will be priced at Rs7999 indoor wifi CPE @ Rs 7750.

In 2010, Airtel had successfully bid for BWA license spectrum in Kolkata, Karnataka, Punjab and Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai) circles. It is currently working towards rolling out state-of-the-art networks in circles other than Kolkata.

As an Intro offer for postpaid 999 users will get discount of Rs 167 per bill for 6 months and 1399 users will get discount of Rs 466 per bill for 6months and there will be no 4G smartphone as of now.

Airtel 4G , besides offering rich content, will allow superfast access to High Definition (HD) video streaming, multiple chatting, instant uploading of photos and much more. It will also help in bridging the digital divide and add to economic growth in rural areas by enhancing the reach of e-governance, e-health and e-education services.

For Airtel 4G tariff details click here

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  • WiMAX April 20, 2012 10:04 am

    Airtel new tag line HAR EK MURGA(for looting) JARURI HOTA HAI.

  • Sudhakar April 11, 2012 9:04 pm

    Gowrishankar,
    Well said.

    But calling rate is more from BSNL mobile. Rs.611 booster for making all calls within Tamilnadu for 1 year (before). At that time IDEA offered the same benefit to local mobiles (1 year) for just Rs.53 and docomo for Rs.23 (for 2 months) for all networks within TN.

    BSNL is costly but coverage is nice. No coversge by private operators in remote areas but cheap calling rates. Better have 9 GSM SIM cards (One from each operator) and use them once a month to avoid disconnection !!!!!!!. Then choose your main number from the above mentioned 9 SIM cards after analyzing it for some days.

  • V.P.Guru April 11, 2012 7:18 pm

    @hello
    I think Airtel is more brilliant than TelecomTalk. – An Another fool day trio…

  • V.P.Guru April 11, 2012 7:08 pm

    @Gowrishankar
    Words of million people

  • biharibabu April 11, 2012 6:40 pm

    attention for all readers:

    this 4g bandwidwidth is not for voice telephony. this is for only internet. voice telephony bandwidth is auctioned later this year ( 700 mhz). so do not confuse.

  • irfan April 11, 2012 5:17 pm

    with such costly usb modems at 7999 rs i dont think so indians are so much foolish to pay this much of money only for 6GB of high speed data airtel should make the device as cheap as the price of the current 3G devices only then the service will be successfull

  • Gowrishankar April 11, 2012 1:27 pm

    Always BSNL is Better….Every Private N/w(Air tel,Vodafone,Idea) bloody sucker in India…

  • Ashish Rana April 11, 2012 12:08 pm

    Saurabh :
    BTW Airtel 2G network continue to suck in Haryana.</p

    +1

  • Saurabh April 11, 2012 9:05 am

    I have read a news article in The Economic Times according to which Airtel is in talks with Qualcomm Inc. to buy their 4G/BWA licenses for around Rs.6000 crores for 74% stake. Qualcomm has license for Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala. If this happens, Airtel will have 8 circles under 4G. Airtel don’t have 3G licenses in Haryana. So it will be good if they acquire Qualcomm license.

    BTW Airtel 2G network continue to suck in Haryana.

  • Mahmood Junaid April 11, 2012 7:56 am

    Kanaga Deepan N :

    sachin :
    which operator is having 4g license in kerala??

    Aircel and Infotel (RIL)…

    its not aircel… qualcomm and infotel… qualcomm is planning to sell the airwaves…

  • Chinmoy April 11, 2012 3:08 am

    This is not first 4G in India . BSNL WiMax was first one to be launched . I tried WiMax in Kolkata 4 years back .

    LTE is going to be hit and definitely not a flop show like 3G . Speed matters ! We are too hungry for high speed which 3G/EVDO has failed to give .

    I am sure imported LTE Multimode Dongle will soon come to India and rate will get drastically reduced .

    Similarly in long term we will see more speed with lesser tariff .

    However one problem which Airtel is not able to solve as of now is Backward Compatibility . The current BWA dongle/USIM will not even allow to send SMS , lets forget about making call . Lets hope they solve this asap .

    Lastly I think its time to BSNL to rethink its policy on WiMax again ! I am sure they can beat RIL and Airtel etc with competetive pricing . I think when BSNL’s WiMax launch was too premature and most of us were needing high speed then .

  • Kanaga Deepan N April 11, 2012 12:03 am

    sachin :
    which operator is having 4g license in kerala??

    Aircel and Infotel (RIL)…

  • Himangshu April 10, 2012 11:46 pm

    Airtel is sure gona to flop on this time……….. friends….. dont tke this service in future……… It is a looter operator in India

  • hello April 10, 2012 11:39 pm

    Hemant Sharma :
    Nicely detailed! Buggers Airtel think all of us are fools!2.3Mhz wont penentrate indoors! For a true 4G we need FDD-LTE at 700Mhz!Lots of device options are availablke wd FDD-LTE unlike TD-LTE!

    I think they’re interested in making profit by selling own devices and cutting off those imported from outside that’s y they’re going in for a diff. spectrum than the other countries.

  • Hemant Sharma April 10, 2012 11:21 pm

    Nicely detailed! Buggers Airtel think all of us are fools!2.3Mhz wont penentrate indoors! For a true 4G we need FDD-LTE at 700Mhz!Lots of device options are availablke wd FDD-LTE unlike TD-LTE!

  • sachin April 10, 2012 10:00 pm

    which operator is having 4g license in kerala??

  • Pratik April 10, 2012 9:48 pm

    @Jai

    even if you get th USIM,you wont be able to call as these LTE SIM cards are meant just for data and so they do ot have any provisions for voice usage.
    and Indian LTE is on 2300 so none of the current handset will have compatible network .

  • Saptarshi Roy April 10, 2012 8:00 pm

    Jai :
    Can we use Airtel 4G USIM in 3.5G like N8/Lumia 800 Enable Handset ?????

    Yes you can. A USIM can provide you 2G, 3G and 4G connectivity. However, if you use a USIM on a 2G EDGE/GPRS handset or a 3G handset, you will only get data speeds that the device can offer, not more.

  • Sudhakar April 10, 2012 7:47 pm

    To all :

    If 4G is launched in Kolkata, that doesn’t mean that 4G has been launched throughout India. You all are talking as if 4G has been launched all over India.

    Better get ADSL broadband and use at home / office. Just get a basic 3G plan for less usage when moving out.

  • sud April 10, 2012 7:43 pm

    Kanaga Deepan N :
    Well, if 6GB to be used in 40Mbps speed and 128kbps speed after that means, 40Mbps on day one and 128kbps for rest of 29days in a month… So it is just an UNLIMITED broadband at 128kbps speed only…
    Wow to experience UNLIMITED 4G speed at 128kbps (kilo-bits per second) get a useless network locked dongle costing slightly lesser than a FORTUNE and a monthly rent…
    Who they are targeting at??
    1) School students (primary) for whom 128kbps speed is ok?? NO THE RENT & MODEM COST hurts
    2) Speed worshipers who luv you-tube and downloads?? NO THE 6GB SPEED-BREAKER KILLS
    3) BIG business tycoons, who has too much money and needs 24×7 connectivity AT ANY COST??? NO NO, THE COVERAGE IS SCARCE…
    THEN, WHO THE HELL THEY ARE TARGETTING with this sh!t-applied tariff plans????

    nice comment ++++1111

  • yuvraj April 10, 2012 7:41 pm

    4 times expensive then what we expected.

  • Vasu April 10, 2012 7:22 pm

    Airtel is claiming speed at 40 Mbps. Can they sell it as 4G legally. Just by adopting LTE technology doesn’t mean its a 4G service. If you go by technical definition of 4G, then speed for mobile user should be 100 Mbps and for stationary user speed should be 1 Gbps. Check wiki. The service being offered by airtel under 4G can be challenged on these basis.

  • Kamal Halder April 10, 2012 7:14 pm

    @Kanaga Deepan N

    Agreed…..

  • Kanaga Deepan N April 10, 2012 5:27 pm

    Well, if 6GB to be used in 40Mbps speed and 128kbps speed after that means, 40Mbps on day one and 128kbps for rest of 29days in a month… So it is just an UNLIMITED broadband at 128kbps speed only…

    Wow to experience UNLIMITED 4G speed at 128kbps (kilo-bits per second) get a useless network locked dongle costing slightly lesser than a FORTUNE and a monthly rent…

    Who they are targeting at??
    1) School students (primary) for whom 128kbps speed is ok?? NO THE RENT & MODEM COST hurts

    2) Speed worshipers who luv you-tube and downloads?? NO THE 6GB SPEED-BREAKER KILLS

    3) BIG business tycoons, who has too much money and needs 24×7 connectivity AT ANY COST??? NO NO, THE COVERAGE IS SCARCE…

    THEN, WHO THE HELL THEY ARE TARGETTING with this sh!t-applied tariff plans????

  • Kishore April 10, 2012 3:36 pm

    The plans are pretty decent actually. 16 Gb at 1999 is better than what I saw at any of the American operators.

  • Saurabh April 10, 2012 3:09 pm

    I would like to congratulate Airtel for launching 4G in India and keeping tariffs at par with 3G. Maybe the prices are high initially and there is nothing to get excited about but still it is an achievement for the country. We are on 4G map today and who knows we will be highest consumers of this technology platform in coming days.

    I really was expecting much higher prices for 4G from Airtel. But I don’t think these are too high. We do have a category of general services for common man and premium services for people with big pockets and 4G is a premium service. So a common man like you or me should understand that 4G is not for us. As far as 3G prices are concerned, we will see it falling in coming days when companies start thinking of volumes rather than price point to garner more profits.

    As far as speed is concerned, with that much speed the data is too less.We don’t need much speed for surfing net. Anything from 256-512Kbps is good for surfing. But when we talk of 4G, we are mainly talking of more speed for downloading content and for that we do have speed but not the data in the 4G plans. 5GB @ 20 or 30Mbps will take 33 or 20 mins. So is that speed for surfing the Internet only with such low data of 5GB? It is not making any sense. 4G plans should have started from at-least 15GB of data.

    I hope when they start providing IPTV using 4G, they don’t limit data in that as video streaming eats up more than 1TB in a month.

  • mum BHAI April 10, 2012 2:31 pm

    @RDB ‘Indias First 4G Service’ is a complete misnomer!

    BSNL was the first operator to launch 4G services in India using the Wimax techology. Wimax, is also a part of the 4G communication technology standards. BSNL launched Wimax based 4G services in January-February 2010

    Airtel’s launch is the First LTE based deployment of 4G in India.But it cannot be called as the first 4G operator in India

  • mum BHAI April 10, 2012 2:30 pm

    @RDB ‘Indias First 3G Service’ is a complete misnomer!

    BSNL was the first operator to launch 4G services in India using the Wimax techology. Wimax, is also a part of the 4G communication technology standards. BSNL launched Wimax based 4G services in January-February 2010

    Airtel’s launch is the First LTE based deployment of 4G in India.But it cannot be called as the first 4G operator in India

  • sunil kushwaha April 10, 2012 2:18 pm

    @Jai
    No, u cant use on 3.5G enabled handsets

  • Nirakar Panda April 10, 2012 2:18 pm

    Till date 3G could not made affordable in India, so How can we expect 4G to be cheap? Lets Wait for Relaince From Mukesh Bhai to show some Miracle in High Speed Internet Experience…

  • pratik April 10, 2012 2:13 pm

    Jai :
    Can we use Airtel 4G USIM in 3.5G like N8/Lumia 800 Enable Handset ?????

    their will be no benefit of using the ruim in current handsets.
    none of them are lte capable and lumia 900 is only nokia phone which can run on lte.
    not sure about bands.

  • Jatin S April 10, 2012 1:33 pm

    And there has been news that Airtel will be launching 4G in chandigarh in next phase, i am not even 1% excited to hear this,, no expectations from airtel and wont go into buying a costly service from it, I am happy with my current broadband plan from BSNL and CONNECT HFCL Broadband.

  • Jatin S April 10, 2012 1:22 pm

    What a joke!!!

    Expecting anything good from Airtel is a crap. Airtel can never offer a user friendly price plans, unless market is to competitive. Airtel is never a game changer and it cannot be ever.

    And becoming first company to launch 4G,, crap,, Market is on its edge for requirement of better broadband penetration through light on users pocket plans, and if airtel thinks, its doing something revolutionary, neither it is going anything such, nor it can.

    Wait for reliance is taking longer but reliance is eying into not only providing 4G, but also is keen into grabbing all the existing 2g and 3G market towards its customer database. So reliance will launch its serice such that existing 2g and 3G users also move from other providers to reliance, for its voice usage together with data usage, and reliance (Mukesh ambani) will launch its services on RELCOM (Anil ambanis) 2G platform, which will benefit both brothers together. So reliance is taking time launching its services, but ultimately, with PAN India BWA license, reliance will try not only to launch 4G, but will make 4G so cheap, that users will start moving from other operators via mobile number portability to reliance network thus benifiting both brothers, Anil Ambani will get more voice users, Mukesh Ambani will get already in place PAN India tower network.

  • Rakesh April 10, 2012 12:57 pm

    Absolutely waste start. Nothing is affordable here. Neither Plans not devices.

  • Jai April 10, 2012 12:53 pm

    Can we use Airtel 4G USIM in 3.5G like N8/Lumia 800 Enable Handset ?????

  • Sougata Dhar Chowdhury April 10, 2012 12:13 pm

    Will look forward to other operators launching service and in small towns also.

  • Gourab April 10, 2012 12:02 pm

    I’m sure that this time also there is no hope for rural the citizens. GOD bless India

  • dj April 10, 2012 11:53 am

    7999rs for 4g dongle ? what nonsense ? I can get beam fiber(600plan) for 1 year with 7999rs @ hyd……fup 128kbps sucks on airtel 4G.

  • sham April 10, 2012 11:43 am

    Not for low data users …..

  • MOHAMMED TALIB April 10, 2012 11:37 am

    congrates to all airtel team for this efforts….

  • jitu April 10, 2012 11:36 am

    4G will be biggest failure in India becoz 4G dongle prices are sooo high and download of 6 GB will finish in 3-4 days at a speed of 40MBps (as a heavy user). Thanks to AirHell ( a profit making TRAI Government enterprise)

  • sushant gupta April 10, 2012 11:20 am

    i knew that was coming look at the prices of indoor cpe and usb dongle that is seriously costly,airtel 4G certainly not for majority………bsnl wimax is far cheaper but only present at some rural places.