4G in India

Airtel join hands with China Mobile; eyes growth of 4G LTE ecosystem and affordable LTE devices

Airtel announced a strategic collaboration with China Mobile under which the two companies will work towards the growth of the 4G ecosystem. China Mobile and Airtel plan to share relevant network, as well as product knowledge, best practices, and technical learnings to enable delivery of world-class affordable services to end users. Airtel and China Mobile will also work together for development of relevant technical standards and interoperability testing. Speaking on [...]

LTE on 700 MHz band, advantages and implementations around the world

As we inch closer to the upcoming spectrum auctions, all limelight is focused on the 800, 900, 1800 and 2100MHz frequency bands. But one of the most efficient bands for the deployment of LTE is less talked about and still remains shrouded in ambiguity, yes we are referring to the 700MHz band. The 700MHz band is one of the most sought after band for LTE deployment around the world due [...]

Videocon Telecom to rollout 4G services in UPE, UPW & Bihar on 1800 Mhz band

Videocon Telecom is planning to rollout out its 4G services in  UPE, UPW and Bihar Telecom circles. The telco which holds 5Mhz liberalized spectrum in the 1800 Mhz band in the circles plans to utilize the entire spectrum for rollout of 4G LTE services in 29 key cities and offer voice on overlay network in these select cities. In remaining coverage area, the telco shall offer 2G voice on own [...]

Sneak Peek into Vision LTE conclave 2015

We were invited to attend the Vision LTE conclave in New Delhi hosted by Gionee, Uninor and News X. The conclave revolved around the pivotal role played by 4G LTE and the challenges involved in its implementation and mass adoption and the future roadmap and steps to be taken to ensure it's smooth uptake in the Indian market. The chief guest for the event was none other than the honourable [...]

Will Reliance Jio take Digital India to the next level?

With the government emphasising on Digital India, we hope that we will soon get excellent internet services. Who will be the game changer? The sector has a lot of expectations from Reliance Jio. In my previous articles, I have always talked about cost effective super fast internet connectivity from Jio. But I might be wrong about Jio's Rs 10 per GB 4G data. There are reasons which I are explained [...]

Reliance Jio President Sumit Chowdhury quits before commercial launch

Reliance Jio Infocom LTD is one of the most awaited new generation mobile operators in India. Tech enthusiasts and early technology adopters alike have been waiting with bated breath for it to launch services. But even before the company’s commercial launch we have been witnessing changes in leadership and high profile exits in the pecking order. In the recent turn of events Reliance Jio’s President Mr. Sumit Chowdhury has stepped [...]

Aircel starts offering 4G LTE WiFI router, 4G Plans starting at Rs 999

Aircel is buckling up its armour and entering into the 4G LTE battlefield in which up till now Airtel and Reliance Jio have been locking horns for gaining the early movers advantage. Aircel holds 20MHz of spectrum in the 4G LTE 2300 MHz band across eight circles - Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Assam and North East and Jammu and Kashmir. In comparison, Airtel holds 20MHz of [...]

Reliance Jio Introduces Free Public Wifi in Kolkata, How to Use Jionet Wifi ?

Kolkata has become country's first 'metro' to get public WiFi on a large scale, credit to Reliance Jio. Earlier RJIL has launched public WiFi services in Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat of Gujarat in April-May of 2014. Jio is banking upon its WiFi services to reach the masses before they launch their 4G wireless services across the country. Today's launch event of WiFi services in Kolkata was taken care of by [...]

Airtel asks customers in Hyderabad to upgrade to 4G SIM cards, official launch evident?

Earlier today, a number of Airtel customers in Hyderabad (including me), have received a message from Airtel requesting to upgrade their SIM cards to avail 4G services on their devices. This means that Airtel is officially stating that it has launched 4G services in Hyderabad? Last month, we had reported that Airtel might soon launch 4G LTE services in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana circles. The report also stated that Airtel's 4G [...]

360 LTE networks commercially launched in 124 countries by end 2014: GSA

According to GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) latest report, around 360 operators have commercially launched LTE networks and service in 124 countries by end of 2014. The most widely used spectrum for LTE network deployments continues to be 1800 MHz (3GPP band 3). 158 LTE1800 networks are commercially launched in 76 countries. “1800 MHz is used in almost 44% of LTE network deployments and also has the largest user devices [...]

Update: Airtel’s services disrupted in Hyderabad : Report

Airtel, the country’s largest private operator has been in the middle of quite a lot of controversy since it announced it plans on charging for VoIP services. But it took back the move after that and resumed providing regular services after that. Now the company has been struck by a systemic failure of its network in Hyderabad and, as a result, its cellular services have not been available since 6 [...]

Bharti Airtel inks Rs 12.40 billion 4G network deal with Nokia Networks

Bharti Airtel has selected Nokia Networks for its 4G network deployment in the 1800 MHz band in six telecom circles, the contract is worth around USD 200 million (approximately Rs 12.40 billion). Interestingly the National Stock Exchange (NSE) has sought clarification from Bharti Airtel Limited with respect to recent news saying that Nokia Networks Bags Rs 12.40 billion (Rs.1240-cr) Airtel 4G Deal. Three months ago, Ericsson joined hands with Bharti Airtel [...]

Airtel to launch 4G services in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana soon

Airtel has been pushing the 4G services aggressively and has been targeting tier two cities. Airtel has also sorted the low 4G speed issues and now customers can enjoy upto 20-25Mbps speed in 4G areas. TelecomTALK has learnt from its sources that Airtel will be soon introducing 4G services in greater Hyderabad and then the services will be extended to Vizag and Vijayawada. Also read : Airtel 4G plans Airtel has also [...]

Best affordable 4G LTE supported smartphones in India under Rs. 10,000

Indian smart phone market is being swarmed by highly affordable smartphones that support 4G LTE. In fact telcos like Airtel already have a tie up with Xiaomi and are selling the 4G devices in Airtel stores. Nokia recently came up with Lumia 638 which is another budget 4G phone but Nokia unlike Xiaomi have cut corners on hardware and quality. If you are planning to buy a 4G supported budget [...]

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