4G in India


India registers 3x growth in 4G smartphones, Samsung leads the market: IDC

According to latest numbers from IDC, one of the trusted data analytics firms, the smartphone market jumped 21.4 percent in Q3 2015 with a major push towards availability of 4G smartphones and services. Shipments of 4G LTE-enabled smartphones have jumped three times in the third quarter of the year. In India, around 28.3 million units of smartphones were shipped in Q3 2015 when compared to 26.5 percent in Q2 2015 and 23.3 million… Read More


Exclusive: First look and feel of Reliance Jio’s 4G VoLTE service with speed test

As December approaches, the anticipation of Reliance Jio’s commercial launch starts to heat up. Like every year around this time of the year subscribers become more hopeful and optimistic about the launch of an operator which has been predicted to grossly change the dynamics of the Indian telecom industry. But unlike the yesteryears this year has seen an official announcement by Jio about commercial launch at least in key markets… Read More


Idea Cellular’s 4G LTE signal is now live in Punjab

After Vodafone’s 4G LTE signal went live in Kerala, Idea’s 4G LTE signals were spotted in Chandigarh (Punjab). Idea is readying its 4G network for an early 2016 launch. Idea had earlier announced its plan to launch 4G LTE services in Kerala, Maharashtra & Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana, North East, Tamil Nadu, and Orissa in a phased manner. Idea will be using its efficient… Read More


Idea teases its 4G LTE services with a ‘4G is coming’ banner

Aditya Birla Group controlled Idea Cellular has started teasing the launch of its 4G LTE services with a new banner on their website. The banner states that “4G is coming soon”. A few weeks back, Idea announced that they will launch the 4G network based on FDD-LTE standard in 300 cities starting in December till the first half of the next year. Primarily Idea, the third largest telecom operator by… Read More


Why 3G Will Be The Backbone Of 4G In India

With the telcos planning to focus on 4G services in the coming year, the market for 3G in India faces an uncertain future just four years after its commercial introduction and only five years after the telcos spent nearly $15 billion for their 3G licenses. While there is a little doubt that 3G services introduced India to mobile broadband and its vast potential, 3G has not led to mobile broadband… Read More


Vodafone 4G & 3G signal started appearing in Kochi, Kerala

Looks like Vodafone is all set to launch 4G and 3G service in Kerala circle ahead of Reliance Jio. Vodafone 4G and 3G signals are now live in different parts of Kochi. Kochi was in the list of initial cities announced by Vodafone where it plans to roll out 4G services by the end of December 2015. Live signals indicate that the operator is all set to meet its December… Read More


Vodafone 4G LTE services to target metros initially: Sunil Sood

Vodafone India, the country’s second largest telecom operator, will primarily look at tapping metros with its 4G LTE services in the country, targeting high-end data subscribers, the company’s CEO Sunil Sood told Hindu Business Line. Taking a cautious approach, Vodafone will be launching 4G LTE services in select towns, given that the overall 4G phones on its network was below 2 percent, whereas 3G phones were 26-27 percent, Sood said,… Read More


Airtel 4G launched in Tirunelveli, Operator promises attractive offers

Bharti Airtel has announced high speed 4G services at Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu. Airtel promises customers unlimited HD video streaming, superfast uploading and downloading of movies, music and images using Airtel 4G. “As customers in India show an increasing propensity for consuming data services, we at Airtel are excited to take the lead in introducing the market to the power of blazing 4G speeds. With the help of the feedback… Read More


Airtel to see 8-10% revenue growth over next 12-18 months: Moody’s

Bharti Airtel, India’s leading telecom carrier will have a revenue growth of 8-10 percent over the next 12-18 months on strong demand for data services and affordable smartphones, Moody’s Investors Service said in its outlook for the Asia Pacific telecommunications industry. Bharti and Vodafone are increasing their 4G capex spending ahead of the 4G launch of Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio, Moody’s said, adding that the capex of these incumbent telcos… Read More


Is the 4G that we have in India today actually true 4G?

Technically speaking, we can say that India has commercially deployed 4G LTE network, but is this network that we experience today actually true 4G? Is it just the higher speeds of data that we take as the one parameter to proclaim that we have upgraded to 4G? There is much more to 4G that we have yet to get a taste of. The current 4G deployment in India is in… Read More


Reliance Jio to be the leading 4G player by 2019-2020: Report

Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio Infocomm will be leading the country’s 4G LTE market with 40 percent market share by 2019-2020, while the share of Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular will reach 60 percent by 2019-20, up from 53 percent in 2016-17, a report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch said. The brokerage firm however said that Jio may find it difficult to poach high-end subscribers from Airtel, Idea… Read More


Punjab to get 100% mobile broadband coverage from Reliance Jio: Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), said that Punjab will be the first state in India to have 100% mobile broadband coverage from Reliance Jio Infocomm, which is preparing to roll out commercial 4G services in the next financial year. Ambani said that the company earlier committed to invest Rs 2,000 crore, but has already invested over Rs 3,900 crore in Punjab. “We will commit to all the… Read More

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