Exclusive : Airtel to Launch 4G LTE Services on Mobile Phone in 3 weeks

India’s first 4G service provider Bharti Airtel all set to launch its 4G LTE service for mobile customers wherein airtel 4G users can enjoy fourth generation mobile service over LTE enabled smart-phones.

Airtel to Launch 4G LTE Services on Mobile Phone

According to our exclusive sources Airtel will officially launch 4G LTE services on Mobile Phone by the end of December, 2013 (expected in 3 weeks from now).As of now Airtel 4G services providing only Broadband Wireless Access over LTE and Voice over 4G is still not launched by the operator due to regulatory and technical issues.

We believe that initially Airtel will provide 4G Data and Mobile service over recently announced Huawei Ascend P1 LTE smartphone. The Ascend P1 LTE uses Circuit Switched Voice Fall Back technology to support voice calls over 3G and 4G The smartphone is powered by 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB storage, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display with Gorilla Glass 2, and 8MP rear camera with dual LED flash.

Huawei Ascend P1 LTE launched in India with Airtel

Airtel is also testing 4G LTE smartphones from Samsung, ZTE and other Indian smartphone vendors such as Micromax on its 4G LTE network.

Airtel already applied for dedicated series of 4G  mobile numbers to Department of Telecom (DoT) for each service area alloted to them to offer voice over 4G.

In 2010, Airtel had successfully bid for BWA license spectrum in Kolkata, Karnataka, Punjab and Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai) circles. Additionally, earlier this year, Bharti Airtel acquired 100% stake in Qualcomm AP’s India entities (WBSPL) that hold BWA licenses in Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala. The company has launched its 4G LTE services in Kolkata, Bengaluru, Pune, Chandigarh, Panchkulaa, and Mohali and is currently working towards rolling out networks in remaining licence circles.

So are you ready for launch of Next Generation Mobile Service in India ? drop your comments below :)

This Article Was Written By: Sanjay Bafna

Sanjay Bafna - National Editor (Telecom and Mobile Phone)

Sanjay Bafna is an entrepreneur and National Editor at TelecomTALK covering Mobile Operators, 3G, Broadband, 4G, LTE, Telecom Policies & Regulations and Mobile Phones. He is well known Telecom and Mobile Analyst, Love Tea and Chocolates.

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  • Shiv December 6, 2013 1:34 pm, 1:34 PM

    Can anyone Pls confirm whether iPhone 5S/ 5 or HTC One supports Indian version of LTE TD

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    • Sanjay Bafna December 7, 2013 11:46 am, 11:46 AM

      Indian Unit (A1529 and A1530) iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S supports LTE band 40 (2300Mhz) and will work over Airtel 4G.

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      • Shiv December 7, 2013 11:51 am, 11:51 AM

        Thanks Bafna Ji. I had seen your tweet also late evening. You had mentioned. Also, pls confirm about HTC One too.

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      • Rohit December 8, 2013 11:34 am, 11:34 AM

        This is really good info Sanjay. I saw some of your tweets as well. Would you know if Samsung’s Note 3 N-9005 version will work with Airtel 4G? It has snapdragon 800 chipset with 2.3 GHz processor and LTE supported bands are LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600 / 850 / 900 / 2100.

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  • chandra December 5, 2013 9:01 pm, 9:01 PM

    When RIL is gonna launch 4G?

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    • Sanjay Bafna December 7, 2013 11:47 am, 11:47 AM

      Expected by month end :)

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      • Shiv December 7, 2013 3:40 pm, 3:40 PM

        Expected by 27th December. On DhiruBhai’s Birthday.

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  • Rama December 5, 2013 4:08 pm, 4:08 PM

    Once the spectrum swap happens and 15 to 20 mhz of 2100 mhz band is put for sale on a pan india basis more operators could have a pan india 3G presence and with the excess spectrum operators can launch 3.75G which would be able to support download speeds upto 42mbps technically.I dont even consider it as 4G many users are reporting that airtel is cappping 4G speeds at 10mbps

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    • Esmail December 5, 2013 6:26 pm, 6:26 PM

      3.75G refers to speeds upto 14.4 Mbps, the speed you have mentioned 42Mbps is classified as 3.95G which is just short of 4G which is a term used for true LTE connection.

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      • Rama December 5, 2013 7:53 pm, 7:53 PM

        @Esmail
        thanks for the info i used to read DC-HSDPA as 42mbps so i thought it may be a form of 3G but i still believe that if once the spectrum swap happens and operators bid for enough spectrum in all circles such that they install 21mbps(hope that comes under 3G)BTS at all loctaions 4G will get tough competition.As far as present smartphone needs are concerned 2G is but obviously slow and outdated but a good or enhanced 3G version is perfect and the device ecosystem is also very mature whereas 4G at 2300mhz band has very devices and coverage is also gonna be worse plus indians are very slow in adopting new technology but at the present case adopting 4G simply doesnt make sense.

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        • vineesh December 5, 2013 8:24 pm, 8:24 PM

          Dc-hspa or evolved 3g supports upto 165mbps(from wikipedia article about hspa+)and 4g supports 1gbps or more cappacity (lte advanced)our service provider using low cost equipment and its available more
          And also doing capping on that.

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        • Esmail December 5, 2013 9:03 pm, 9:03 PM

          Yes the current 5Mhz block that these telcos possess is too less to give high speed 3G. Reliance advertises that it’s network supports up to 28 Mbps but in reality it only gives up to 6 Mbps in the best if network coverage, my handset supports up to 42 Mbps on 3G. Once they have an additional block of 5Mhz in 2100Mhz they have two options, either to augment their current 3G network and upgrade it to HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps or to use it for FD-LTE as it is a common LTE band in north american as well as international models of lte capable phones.

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    • Tharun George December 5, 2013 7:11 pm, 7:11 PM

      3G is always better since all devices support it. 4G will be success only if anyone of the following condition are met.
      1. Compatible with all 4G devices.
      2. Has good coverage.
      Indian 4G on 2300MHz doesn’t satisfy both. Better wait for 700Mhz auction.

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      • Rama December 5, 2013 7:55 pm, 7:55 PM

        @tharun george
        +1.
        at the present case scenario 3G is the best suited for smartphones for today and 4G at 2.3ghz band simply doesnt make sense.

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  • Esmail December 5, 2013 3:38 pm, 3:38 PM

    Not interested in TD-LTE on 2.3GHz I will only shift to LTE if an operator provides FD-LTE on 1800MHz or 900MHz or 800MHz, on those bands the coverage will be good and my existing mobile will support it. Waiting for Videocon to win 1800MHz spectrum in Mumbai in Jan 2014 and use the liberalised spectrum for both 2G and LTE.

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    • Tharun George December 5, 2013 4:04 pm, 4:04 PM

      What about 700Mhz LTE? Gov planing to auction it after 2G auction. It will have super coverage and all 4G device support it.

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      • Esmail December 5, 2013 6:15 pm, 6:15 PM

        Yes that is the most ideal band, but my phone Nexus 5 (D821) does not support it, the USA version (D820) supports that band, so it is of no use to me.

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        • Tharun George December 7, 2013 11:37 am, 11:37 AM

          700Mhz auction will be held by June 2014 or even pushed further. By the time it is launched, it will take more than 2-3 years from now. So by then you will be buying a new phone.

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        • Amol March 1, 2014 11:39 am, 11:39 AM

          I couldn’t find much better discussion on 4G’s present and future than this. Esmail and Tharun, you guys are great. Thanks!

          Esmail, you already own a Nexus 5. I want to follow your footsteps. I have been a 3G user right from the beginning. I wish my new phone to support 4G and I want to subscribe to a 4G plan as soon as it is launched in my city Pune.

          But I am in dilemma -
          1. buy Nexus 5 from India (D821) – will 4G work satisfactorily India?
          2. buy Nexus 5 from USA (D280) – will 4G ever work in India? will 3G work satisfactorily?

          Your expert guidance is very much appreciated. I will be buying it this week.

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  • Ram December 5, 2013 3:04 pm, 3:04 PM

    What’s the battery life of 4g phones :p

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  • Sakthi December 5, 2013 2:42 pm, 2:42 PM

    Oh! God!
    2G = 3G = 4G (in price)
    so it will increase the gprs pack price!

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  • Kingston December 5, 2013 2:36 pm, 2:36 PM

    Vodafone new 3G tariff in TAMILNADU. 1GB at rs.124 and 2GB at 251

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  • Kingston December 5, 2013 2:22 pm, 2:22 PM

    Vodafone tamilnadu slashed 3g price. Now 3G is just 124 rupees for 1GB with 4 weeks validity

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  • amit December 5, 2013 2:09 pm, 2:09 PM

    it’s good that they are launching voice LTE but only one or two phoned support TDD LTE they better partner with manufacturers for affordable phones.

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  • Rhishav Kumar Das (Kolkata) December 5, 2013 2:00 pm, 2:00 PM

    Good job from Airtel. But the truth remains that services are very costly and coverage has to be patchy because of the band used. Still the market is at a nascent stage. I guess there would more devices to cater to the needs one Reliance Jio comes with its Pan India 4G.

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  • Idea88 December 5, 2013 1:59 pm, 1:59 PM

    Reliance jio deploying their optical fiber cable in navi mumbai … I think they could launch on birth anniversary of dhirubai ambani..

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  • Tharun George December 5, 2013 1:58 pm, 1:58 PM

    Airtel better launch iPhone 5S LTE version which already support Indian 4G band.

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    • Ram December 5, 2013 3:05 pm, 3:05 PM

      Agreed!

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  • askdhiraj December 5, 2013 1:21 pm, 1:21 PM

    Lion is Roaring. Fox is crying.
    Reliance Jio is Coming…
    Reliance is preparing to deploy their 4G services to Town level.

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  • Younus December 5, 2013 1:19 pm, 1:19 PM

    oh my god . . . airtel airtel airtel.

    but it is not for common people. airtel trying to capture premium people.
    who the he’ll will shell thousands of rupees just for some gb of data.
    not a cup of tea of common people’s.

    buy the the airtel is using 3g to 4g switch back service. what a joke.
    where is 3g coverage man ? out of cities DHOONDTE RAHOO . . .

    * The best part of 4g phone users will be ” charging spot DHOONDTE RAHOO ”

    as we know 3g is sucking our battery awesomely now 4g will do this job awesomely.

    ya as per the news our fellow Indians shell hefty 22% of their salary to buy I phone5 ( highest in the world) just for show off. I hope they will use this 4g service for another show off . . .
    Aakhar mehnat ki kamai kahan jaye ?

    cheers airtel . . .

    for us EAST OR WEST 2G IS THE BEST.

    JUST WAIT BIG BROTHER ” RELIANCE ” IS COMING SOON.
    HOPE THEY WILL OVER COME THIS DHOONDTE RAHO criteria .

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    • Arup Dey December 6, 2013 6:28 pm, 6:28 PM

      Too Good Speaking,Agree with you.

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  • Amit December 5, 2013 1:00 pm, 1:00 PM

    its good to c 4G LTE on smartphones soon! ????

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