Aircel Kick off 4G Trials in Andhra Pradesh

Aircel today said that trials of Long-Term Evolution (4G) services in Andhra Pradesh circle started however still it will take more time for commercial launch of 4G services due to lack of required ecosystem for LTE – 4G network.


“The trials of 4G services are currently on but we don’t have the required ecosystem, including the 4G-enabled mobile handsets, to launch the services commercially,” Deepinder Tiwana, Business head of Aircel, Andhra Pradesh circle, said.

Aircel is only the second telecom service provider after Pan-India 4G spectrum holder Reliance Jio to bag 4G licence for Andhra Pradesh Circle. According to Aircel is currently in the process of finalizing device strategy, rolling out fiber optic and setting up 4G-LTE BTS in towers.

Aircel has 20MHz of spectrum on 2300 MHz in 8 circles – Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, North-East, Jammu & Kashmir.

Aircel 4G and 3G Map

Aircel 4G and 3G Map

Out of these 8 circles most of them are category C circles – that means Aircel has to offer 4G at a cheaper price to penetrate the market at tier II and tier III cities.

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  • k.vijay Kumar - Visakhapatnam October 28, 2014 3:44 pm

    Visakhapatnam in aircel sims and no network plz my visakhapatnam peoples problem salvation…. Vijay

  • subhasis basu December 4, 2013 3:11 am

    I am Aircel postpedcustomer.
    My no- 8013410494
    I all so very happy aircel lunch the 4G.
    I useing AIRCEL3G service in Kolkata.
    But the poblem is the 3G network & spreed is not good in kolkata.
    So requested to follo this poblem.
    I have no network in kolkata metro stasions.

  • Gowri shankar November 19, 2013 4:26 pm

    Hiiiiiiiiiiii Hellow friends im gowri shankar from Chennai like to inform a small correction in aircel combo 155 earlier they r given 155 full talktime in M.account 155sms 155mb 2G data

    nw no sms only full TT & 2g data
    STILL BETTER than others in Chennai

  • Saurabh November 11, 2013 9:09 pm

    @Amit Kumar Das,

    In no way ICR means that customers of both operators can share each other’s network. It can be one way or two way depending on the agreement signed between two companies.

    Videocon has ICR agreement in Haryana with Tata GSM so VTel customers can latch on Tata network but Tata is not using Videocon’s infrastructure as their own is present at more places than Videocon and also there is no place where Videocon has and Tata doesn’t. So it depends on who want to use whose and they pay for their network use. 🙂

  • VINEESH November 11, 2013 6:55 pm

    Aircel is bad in coverage and and service,they should sell their unused 3g spectrum to good service providers like airtel or vodafone .I have experienced 3g for idea and airtel in which idea has bad ping compared to airtel,u cant play games online in idea 3g because some ports are blocked and very bad ping same time getting speed of almost 6mbps,airtel has better ping and speed same as idea.

  • Kaushik November 11, 2013 12:56 am

    Aircel yaar when wil you start your 3G in Mumbai circle?
    I am eagerly waiting for you. MTNL 3G is bakwas. Airtel is nice. Vodafone-idea very nice. I want to experience aircel 3G

  • Saurabh November 10, 2013 7:40 pm

    @SS, The ICR was actually for 14 circles only and not all. The day this news was out, I tried latching my Aircel number on Reliance GSM Haryana but it didn’t. Even in the roaming it wasn’t latching. As services were taken off, so no ICR for this region. In Punjab also where Aircel is alive, you can’t use Reliance network with Punjab number. For me Aircel has died in Haryana but it is after 11 months of actual death. Lol

    • Amit Kumar Das (Kolkata) November 11, 2013 11:01 am

      In Kolkata, RELIANCE customers can latch to AIRCEL network.
      But AIRCEL customers can not latch to RELIANCE network.
      If tried manually message will be displayed “No access to network”.
      Can anyone tell me why this happens?
      Because ICR means two operators can latch to each others’ network.

  • chandra November 10, 2013 7:21 pm

    2014 will be the year of 4G.
    Waiting eagerly for Reliance Jio 4G.

  • Shiv November 10, 2013 1:36 pm

    Aircel operates, whereever it does, on 1800 mhg band, which is half efficient compared to 900 mhg, which vodafone has in Mumbai, Delhi, Airtel has in Kolkata, Delhi…

    No Matter, how much money you put to work on your network with 1800 mhg, issues would still be there. I experiance flawless voice telephoney along with data( as high as 12 Mbps)with Airtel whenever I go out of Mumbai, however in Mumbai it is torture.

    Still what I appreciate is, these players still could survive for long. Now wait till November 2014, when fresh auctions are supposed to happen. In terms of Voice Telephoney, it would be game changer to say the least.

    Good luck Aircel. Come up with some innovative plans. Out of all major players, you understand rural indian market well.

  • amit November 10, 2013 12:04 pm

    hi; i have watch a news report on zee business channel that reliance gio demand for new mobile nos. to start 4g services . do telecomtalk have any information regarding this ?

  • SS November 10, 2013 10:48 am

    He you have unlocked your modem then you can visit your nearest store of your preferred operator and get an OHM Sim. Remember that if you are taking a new BSNL connection then you may face additional difficulties in explaning them what is EVDO sim. Activation is simple but make sure of signal in your area.

  • Saurabh November 10, 2013 10:27 am

    Aircel 2G towers are finally gone from my town i.e it has been switched off by the company and all the three towers here in my town around became inactive yesterday. The 3 months plan which I activated on September 8 is also over with that but still I got signal in HP and were able to use it there and generated UPC code for fun. Got charged Rs.1 in roaming for sms to 1900 which was free here. Used it for complete 62 days so didn’t lost much and around 11.7GB data. 😀 So lost only 28 days of subscription and Rs.19 balance which my friend will enjoy now. But it was good to have an truly unlimited plan for last 2 months. Handed over SIM to my friend who lives in around Haryana-HP border around 8Kms from here. He’s enjoying it now with constant 25-28KBps speed. If my Haryana SIM continues to work in HP then it will benefit him as I have asked him to transfer tt from his HP sim to my number to activate packs once it ends in Dec.

    I’m using Rs.5-60MB pack now on Videocon today and using on Tata network but it is as usual working few seconds and then idle.

    Will activate Rs.247 3G pack on Airtel tomorrow with 1GB usage and Rs.150 TT. Don’t have much option now. Toh Airtel kamayega ab. lol

    • Tharun George November 10, 2013 12:24 pm

      Just before reliance hiked GPRS packs I did a Rs 178 20GB pack. I still have 6.5GB left on that SIM and can be carry forwarded by any GPRS pack. Still enjoying like unlimited for many months with good speed of 28-30KB/s download speed.

    • SS November 10, 2013 12:26 pm

      Aircel and reliance have pan india ICR agreement so i wanted to know that whether your aircel connection is able to latch on reliance haryana or not?

    • Arjun Chandrashekar November 11, 2013 12:56 pm

      It Seems Aircel Will Not Run anymore in Haryana 🙁

  • Sutripta Roy November 10, 2013 10:20 am

    New face in Indian Robbery Operator Association(IROA) is Aircel. After Reliance GSM, Aircel is the only operator who has taken a part of this association.
    Like Reliance,now Aircel also deducting balances by telling fake downloads,game activation etc. etc. Sometimes they are refunding and sometimes not. I don’t know the news of other circle. But in Kolkata where Aircel is much popular of its lowest rate and best tariff, they are just LOOTING the customers. All time balance check and all time complain is not possible in our everyday busy schedule. And Aircel is using this…It’s too much bad and just irritating…I’m planing to port our from Aircel though I’ve 5 years old Aircel connection.

    • pradeep November 10, 2013 1:38 pm

      write a complaint in pg portal
      and activate DND
      All will be okay then..

      • Sutripta Roy November 10, 2013 2:07 pm

        Thank You for your reference. I’ve logged a complain. Now lets see what happen……

        • pradeep November 11, 2013 2:20 am

          its a slow process.. that it will take around 2 week max and even more some times. But dont worry
          Then after it will be okay.
          Because i did the same. Since then, i dont get any balance deduction for past one and a half years till now .. 🙂

  • mahesh November 10, 2013 10:18 am

    You haven’t improved 2g services in AP till now.Now waiting to launch 4g!!! This is the biggest joke of the year.Pls don’t waste the spectrum like this.

    • raju November 12, 2013 12:11 am

      If 4G license holders fails to cover 50 per cent of the rural area by 2015, the spectrum could be withdrawn (as per wikipedia) …so don’t worry

  • raj November 10, 2013 10:13 am

    aircel: pls stop wasting 3g spectrum in AP.Only 12 towns covered so far.Your 2g services are also pathetic.No network expansion at all.You even shutdown 2g towers in my home town without info.This is creating lot of problem when I go on vacation to my home town.

    Idea/Airtel are good but very very costly compared to aircel 3g.So we need you.We want your services at par with TN circle.

  • sourabh November 10, 2013 8:42 am

    In M.P they shutdown after operating 2 or 2 & half year as its is not profitable zone as per my knoweldge every one my friend was using aircel for net & calling services

  • sai November 10, 2013 7:51 am

    provide 4g data cards and wireless internet

  • s November 10, 2013 12:31 am

    East or west Vodafone is best

  • SS November 9, 2013 9:09 pm

    I think many of you would have checked the latest TRAI release and you may have come to know that reliance lost about 10 million customers because of deactivation of inactive users. I think everyone much check the active users of operators. For example in up east BSNL has the highest 10 million + users but only 41% are active. Whereas vodafone has the highest 99.60% active users in the same circle. In circles like himachal pradesh, idea cellular has 103% active users means almost all users are active and data includes international roamers and non idea national roamers which takes the count above 100%.

    • Arun Chandran November 10, 2013 8:01 am

      I have an Reiance netconnect+ unlocked cdma usb modem.Where can i get OMH cdma sim for it and how can i activate it.If u have any idea plz tel me..

      • prasad mayya November 10, 2013 8:23 am

        1st check which cdma signal you are getting…… i am also using unlocked cdma modem….. but only mts has evdo signal in my area….. both reliance and tata have 1x only….. so i bought mts smartphone sim for 500Rs……
        1.1000min local call/month for 2 month.
        2.1GB evdo ( i am getting around 500kbps to 1mbps ) after that 1x unlimited for 2 month
        they have excellent plans in karnataka now ……. plz remember you have to buy smartphone sim ( written omh in that sim also ) ….. i couldnt recharge 178Rs on my existing omh sim…..

        • Arun Chandran November 10, 2013 10:16 am

          @prayag mayya
          Only reliance cdma have evdo signal in my area.So plz tel me the procedure for taking reliance cdma omh sim.

          • prasad mayya November 10, 2013 1:28 pm

            i dont have any experience with reliance now ………. i am using mts….. you just visit local store or reliance web world and ask for omh sim……. visit for more details

          • Abhishek November 11, 2013 12:27 pm

            Good that you have reliance evdo in your area..I am using same for last 1 yr in kolkata..Go to reliance retail store..Ask for omh sim (identified by diamond logo)..tell them to activate evdo in that sim..if they do it then ok..otherwise i will give u the APN setting..Data tariff is 1.5 GB/month for 94..Speed good.

  • soumya November 9, 2013 7:42 pm

    Friends is it true that aircel have shutdowns service in few circle, if yes which circle.. Me from west bengal.. Me thinking of taking aircel for its low tariff rest to other. How is the coverage of aircel. Please do reply friends……

    • Akhil Mohan November 9, 2013 9:56 pm

      it has shut down in Kerala.

    • Akhil Mohan November 9, 2013 9:56 pm

      it has shut down it’s services in Kerala.

      • prasad mayya November 10, 2013 7:33 am

        some places in karnataka also…..they have excellent 2g speed … i was getting 220kbps constantly…. but without informing they shut down their tower…..

        • Arjun Chandrashekar November 11, 2013 12:59 pm

          Might be there are 50% possibilities that Aircel can restore their services in rest of Karnataka and they are trying to expand coverage, lets see what happens

    • XkabirX November 10, 2013 10:45 pm

      Shut down in UP(w) too.

  • Mane, Hanumangarh November 9, 2013 7:30 pm

    Aircel doing very good job in Rajasthan. Here deploying new bts in my district Hanumangarh as well as other districts and icr with reliance providing much better coverage. Hanumangarh distrcit got more than 30 new aircel bts in last two months in rural area.

  • SS November 9, 2013 6:34 pm

    Aircel is wasting spectrum and DOT knows it very well. In UP EAST, aircel has already halted 3g expansion long time before and now relaxing after having a ICRA with reliance. There are many companies who have scarcity of spectrum like vodafone and aircel should sell its spectrum especially of kerela circle to vodafone.

  • Tharun George November 9, 2013 6:02 pm

    Aircel is not going to launch anything, because they don’t have any money. The only thing they know is to shutdown existing service and waste spectrum.

    While most circle have 7 or more GSM operators, in kerala we have only 6 after Aircel shutdown. High price Avoid, poor service BSNL and no coverage Docomo + Reliance.

    Aircel also wasted valuable 3G spectrum in Kerala. Aircel should better merge or sell to DOCOMO or MTS.

    • Ganesh Srinivasan November 9, 2013 8:02 pm

      I would like to differ with your observations a bit

      Aircel will make 4G operational in few circles and hence try to improve their valuation

      In all probability it will be Vodafone buying Aircel to complement / supplement 3G and 4G

      Vodafone has made the first move by seeking approvals to become 100% on their own

      By acquiring Aircel, Vodafone will also be able to comply with market share cap (which I understand is getting changed to 50% in a circle) and also Aircel in bad shape becomes a cheaper and value for money buy for Vodafone

      • DUANE November 9, 2013 8:36 pm

        Good inputs Ganesh, I hope (for the customers) it comes true.
        With AIRTEL launching 4G (Kolkata, Bengaluru, Pune & Chandigarh) VODAFONE needs to make a headstart in the 4G space as well, and if this come true, it will only help it!

        Whats the SOURCE of your post BTW, is it insider info or just speculation? Either way, I felt it made an interesting read/. Thanks once again!

      • SS November 9, 2013 8:39 pm

        If vodafone buys aircel then it will really be a bad news for us as aircel provides 3g services in up east. For kerela people, it wouldn’t matter much as aircel has already shutdown there. Lets see what happens in next few days. Next year elections can also be deciding factor.

        • Tharun George November 9, 2013 9:05 pm

          Yes. Vodafone buying Aircel is only good for Vodafone.

          We already have Idea 3G, Vodafone will be no better and will have same plan. We are really Missing Reliance 3G which is only in North.

          • Esmail November 10, 2013 9:17 am

            Wait till next year, they will have second round of 3G auctions after which every circle will have 8 3G operators, that’s when Kerala will get Reliance 3G.

            • Tharun George November 10, 2013 12:27 pm

              We currently have only 6 GSM operators while all other states have 7 or more.

            • Akhil Mohan November 10, 2013 4:08 pm

              I hope AirTel or Vodafone comes to kerala. They may have the same tariffs as idea but they don’t do unwanted VAS activations.

  • Esmail November 9, 2013 5:32 pm

    I somehow expected Aircel to sell its 4G spectrum in 8 circles to Airtel after the M&A policy was finalised and rules for spectrum trading were declared, since Airtel seems focused on expanding its LTE footprint to pan India which is evident after its buy out of Qualcomm in 4 circles, with Aircel’s 8 circles it would have total 16 circles and look forward to competing with Reliance Jio. Aircel on the other hand could use the money obtained from this trade off to buy 3G spectrum in the upcoming 3G auctions to become a Pan India 3G operater inspite of its limited resources. Later on Aircel could look at buying Pan India spectrum in 2600MHz band which was surrendered by MTNL and BSNL. Wonder why Aircel is looking at investing in 4G in C category circles at this point of time.

    • Tharun George November 9, 2013 6:08 pm

      Now I think 3G is better than 4G. The only advantage of 4G is its very high speed of 100Mbps. But now 3G can support speed up to 42Mbps which is more than enough since Airtel offer only 4G speed of 40mbps.

      All smartphones are 3G ready. Easy to deploy or upgrade current 3G network. Why would we need 4G?

      • DUANE November 9, 2013 8:42 pm

        @ Tharun, sometimes telcos look at WHAT they offer rather than HOW they offer. While I agree with you that 3G is better than 4G (and I get speeds of 3.2 mbps on an Airtel WB sim used on Airtel MUM network which is more than sufficient for me) there are some folks (customers and telcos) who will look at the TECHNOLOGY rather than the actual NEED for it. For instance I was once of the few who tested AIRTEL 4G in Kolkata shortly after its launch in April 2012, and I received 16mbps (against a promised 40 mbps) – last week tested again on Airtel Kolkata and received 10mbps. So if we get 3mbps on 3G and 10 mbps on 4G I agree with you completely, on 3G being better. Lets just hope and wait for 3G prices to fall once the operators push 4G into everyones cellphones… and hopefully not INCREASE 3G (the way they increased 2G to make more users move to 3G)!!

        • Tharun George November 9, 2013 9:08 pm

          4G on 2300Mhz is total waste. No coverage and No Devices.

          Like most countries 4G should be on 700Mhz with highest coverage and all 4G smartphones supporting 700Mhz.

          • prasad mayya November 10, 2013 7:38 am

            india is leading in population only ?????

      • deril November 10, 2013 9:47 am

        You are really write….
        4g spectrum in India is immatured bcoz its 2300mhz….
        Using this band only in India and China…….
        Available ph is iphone 5c and 5s cost more than 50,000 rs…..

  • Muhawid P B November 9, 2013 4:23 pm

    Aircel already stopped 3g services here in kerala last year.but in that map they still shows they have 3g in kerala.
    They stopped not only 3g , but all their services, but 2g coverage is still there.

    • spiderman November 9, 2013 4:48 pm

      Where in Kerala you found Aircel coverage?

  • Tanmay khambe November 9, 2013 3:36 pm

    First improve ur 2G network in maharashtra (palghar – >> Kindly note the docket no.1-13772935831) and then concentrate on 4G in other circle.

    • DUANE November 9, 2013 8:45 pm

      @ Tanmay … 2G is the *least* priority for operators: they will only focus on 3G (and now 4G). I recently shifted to Mumbai and was shocked to see AIRTEL (2G) dropping calls like crazy! When I spoke with Airtel employees (not outsourced Call Centre BPO employees) I was given to understand, offline, that 3G network would be a development priority. So I activated 3G (thankfully AIRTEL MUMBAI has excellent 3G coverage – both Voice quality and Data speeds too).

      • Sutripta Roy November 10, 2013 10:38 pm

        @ DUANE… Can the customers of 3g service avail the 2g power cards for calling and sms? I don’t know about that.

  • Shashee.mane November 9, 2013 3:28 pm

    @kaushik.. Frm whch circle u r?? Aircel has good coverage

    • Gavin Mathos November 9, 2013 5:38 pm

      Maharashtra-Goa Telecom Circle.

      • DUANE November 9, 2013 8:50 pm

        @ Gavin – you are incorrect – Kaushik is from KOLKATA circle, not Maharashtra-Goa

  • S.SUDHAKAR November 9, 2013 3:21 pm

    To all the mobile operators :
    You are not even giving 236 Kbps to each and every user all time in 2G network. In this shameless condition, you launched 3G giving only 1/10 th speed to each and every user. Now also you idiots did not take steps to increase 3G coverage and you are talking about 4G. I challenge you idiots. In 4G each and every user will not get 100% speed at all times. I think you will give only 4 Mbps in 4G and the speed after fair usage will be 32 Kbps !!!. LOL LOL LOL.

    I am talking about the speed (in the above lines) in the strong coverage area.


    • Arun Chandran November 9, 2013 4:03 pm

      You r right.But if it is possible to give 236kbps to each customer at all time in 2g??

      • S.SUDHAKAR November 9, 2013 6:32 pm

        Yes. They must provide. Now a days the charge for the sms sent during international roaming gets debited within 5 minutes. In 2005 and all it takes 2 or 4 days.

        If this is possible, then they must provide excellent service to the customers.

        • prasad mayya November 10, 2013 7:40 am

          very good observation …….

  • Kaushik Roy November 9, 2013 2:38 pm


    • Sutripta Roy November 10, 2013 10:34 pm

      You are absolutely right.In KOLKATA Aircel is just LOOTING customers,but not giving very good service.towers are not upto good quality,moreover they are deducting balances.sometime they refund and sometimes not.

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