India’s First Hands On Experience : Airtel 4G LTE On Mobile

Today we had a chance to experience Airtel 4G on Mobile in Bangalore though we can call it a soft launch for select few. I will try to explain everything in short .

a) Speed Test Report:

On Tethering from Wi-Fi via iPhone 5S:

Airtel4g-speed-test

B) Which handset it was tested :

iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C

airtel-4g-LTE-mobile

C) Voice Quality:

As soon as you try to make a voice call or when you are receiving a voice call you will be latched to 3G or 2G when 3G is not available.So you can experience the same quality of Voice as you experience on 3G/2G.

For SMS: When we tested we can directly send sms on 4G Mode only without latching to 3G/2G Network. So,you don’t need to worry about Network latching times as well.

D) In which mobile it will work:

Airtel 4G will work on any device which support 2300Mhz band 40. So you an enjoy Airtel 4G on any device supporting those specifications. We have tested 4G on iPhone5S and iPhone5C.

In Our Experience with #Airtel4G ,there is no chance for you to even think of word Buffer on Youtube -1080p video on Airtel. All you need is just a drag and drop and your 1080p video will start playing from there.

I’ll come up with more detailed analysis of 4G on Airtel Mobile soon.

This Article Was Written By: Srikapardhi

Srikapardhi - Telecom Analyst

An Electronics & Communication Engineer who loves Technology,Music,Arts as well as Nature.

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  • Sanjay April 13, 2014 1:57 pm, 1:57 PM

    Please, people! Do a little research before commenting! FD is getting too populated and it’s a smart move by Airtel to exploit TD LTE as it is cheaper and thereby accommodate more devices and give competitive pricing(same cost as 3G!). Also, it’s high time for us Indians to stop whining about imported stuff and start producing silicon and manufacture mobile phones on our own!

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  • MANU PILLAI April 8, 2014 12:07 am, 12:07 AM

    Good news for people with smartphones with support for FDD LTE 1800 MHz, such as the Nexus 5, Moto X and others.

    Motorola India had replied to me about the working of LTE on Moto X, if the operator has these bands 800/1800/2600MHz (B20/B3/B7).

    Airtel & Reliance JIO (Mukesh Ambani) will be launching their FDD-LTE 1800 MHz networks later this year or after that through out India.

    So it’s happy news for Moto X buyers who though it had only 3G HSPA+ !!

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    • Rama April 8, 2014 11:46 am, 11:46 AM

      +1.Moto X will support LTE at 1800 mhz band.

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  • binu March 29, 2014 3:04 pm, 3:04 PM

    heard that in india 1800 MHZ will be used for 4G LTE by idea,Reliance jio and vodafone. is that correct??

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    • MANU PILLAI March 29, 2014 11:01 pm, 11:01 PM

      Yes you heard right. The Telecom operators have realised that continuing with the 2300 MHz band 40 FDD-LTE will do no good as most LTE phones manufactured do not support that frequency and tech and hence major manufacturers are shipping a non-LTE versions of their high-end smartphones to India.

      In order to increase and spread the LTE usage, Airtel or Reliance have decided to go for the world popular 1800 MHz FDD LTE tech in India.

      Samsung also announced that it will produce affordable LTE phones for India.

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  • Manu Presannakumar March 18, 2014 3:42 am, 3:42 AM

    Hi,

    Will the Indian Moto X support the 4G-LTE bands of Airtel?

    I heard that Moto X has the Qualcomm MSM8960DT chipset that supports multiple bands and wireless tech. Also it has “World Mode”, means supports both FDD and TDD LTE (TDD is used by Airtel)

    Can anyone confirm?

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    • Rama March 18, 2014 11:31 am, 11:31 AM

      *Its good to see that you have done so much of research before commenting but we have no other choice but to wait and see until and unless the moto x is officially launched in India until then I probably cant comment about LTE support.Many a times their is hardware support for Indian LTE but no software support in smartphones.For example the G2 2013 which launched in India had hardware support for Indian LTE but software support was not present.

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      • MANU PILLAI March 18, 2014 12:18 pm, 12:18 PM

        You said 4G LTE hardware support is there in many High-end phones but no software support in India. I did not get the idea.

        AFAIK, possibly the frequency band 2300 MHz opted by Indian Operators (this freq is very rare in the world, maybe in AUSTRALIA) and the type of LTE i.e TDD-LTE (eg Airtel) is the cause for the failure.

        I looked up the Moto X chipset specs (MSM8960DT) which mention many different types of wireless tech avaialability including TDD and FDD (which is very common outside). But still phones like BB Z30 dont support indian LTE band. so 2300 MHz looks like the issue.

        About software support, I am not expert, so don’t know about it. BTW Moto X supports 4G as said by Flipkart (the seller). Don’t know what that means.

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        • Rama March 18, 2014 1:01 pm, 1:01 PM

          *I know the 2300 mhz band is very rare for LTE

          *Sometimes manufacturers do manufacture smartphones with 2300 mhz LTE support,like the modem found on G2 2013 does have support for 2300 mhz LTE,so when the modem supports the 2300mhz frequency its essentially hardware support.

          *But if you got to settings>connectivity>mobile netwroks>network type in G2 2013,you do not find any 4G only network mode.So this means their is no software support for LTE on G2 2013.

          *If you head to the flipkart page for nexus 5 over there also its written that nexus 5 supports LTE but I can safely say that the nexus 5 does not have support for 2300 mhz LTE band.Rather I believe that the indian version of nexus 5 has hardware support for 1800 mhz LTE band.There are only two types of nexus 5s,one is D820 and the other one is D821.The D820 model is found in America and the D821 model is for the rest of the world.The D821 model does have a modem that supports 1800 mhz LTE but I am not sure about software support for Indian version of nexus 5.

          *All this looks complex and yes it is.The best thing to do right now is wait for the official announcement of moto x and then see if it supports 2300 mhz LTE or not.

          *I would come back to you and give you a detailed explanation reagarding the LTE support of moto x once its officially launched in India and the specs become available,till that time my advice is to just wait.Withing a few days the official announcemnet is gonna be made.

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          • MANU PILLAI April 8, 2014 12:12 am, 12:12 AM

            These are words by Motorola India regarding Moto X FDD-LTE 1800Mhz support: twitter.com/MotorolaSupport/status/453202934810312704

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        • Rama March 19, 2014 2:34 am, 2:34 AM

          *Hey,it most probably seems that moto x wont support LTE in India after all.

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          • MANU PILLAI April 8, 2014 12:15 am, 12:15 AM

            Well Motorola replied to my Moto X question:

            Q: @MotorolaSupport @Motorola if I buy #MotoX now, will the 1800 MHz LTE work later when operators start it in India?

            A: @kumarmanu87 Provided that band is added with your provider, yes it should work. Please check with your provider.

            Don’t know what that means exactly ?

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            • Rama April 8, 2014 11:51 am, 11:51 AM

              *Yes bro.I got the entire mystery clarified.Actually there is no specific version of moto x which is being sold in India.The moto x version which is being sold in India is the European version which supports LTE@1800 mhz band and the best part is since the European model is being re-sold in India.LTE has not been disable and support for 1800 mhz band is present.

              What moto care essentially meant was once a operator deploys LTE on the 1800 mhz band you can start using it.

              *Than ks for ur support and research

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              • MANU PILLAI April 8, 2014 12:56 pm, 12:56 PM

                Yeah Good news for Moto X buyers and those who like to buy in India, because until now Flipkart has been selling it by saying that it only supports 4G (meaning HSPA+ ) and I am sure most buyers are not aware of it working on FDD-LTE 1800 MHz.

                I think Flipkart should include the LTE Band info on their page, which is currently absent.

                This is one big sales point until they realize it !

                So now MOTO X (Rs.23,999) is a real big deal considering a Rs.51,500 Galaxy S5 Indian variant will never have LTE support !

  • Rahul February 4, 2014 6:43 pm, 6:43 PM

    Hey,

    How were you able to get hold of this connection? Can I try it too? Even thought its in testing phase yet.

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  • Bhavik Dave January 31, 2014 4:59 pm, 4:59 PM

    How you are so sure it was 1080p ? iPhone screen resolution is very much less to 1080p

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    • Rama February 4, 2014 6:52 pm, 6:52 PM

      Youtube has the option to select the video quality.TT must have selected 1080p in that.And yes iphone still has a 720p display.

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      • Nilesh February 15, 2014 1:35 pm, 1:35 PM

        Really? It has 720p display? This was a good joke by the way…

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        • Rama March 18, 2014 11:38 am, 11:38 AM

          *
          1136*640 is the exact resolution of the iphone 5S.The resolution is almost similar to 1280*720p display which is popularly known as 720p display.You cant expect me to write 1136*640 every time I want to specify the resolution of Iphone 5S,so I end up writing 720p.Now where do you find a joke in this.

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  • Rama January 27, 2014 12:03 pm, 12:03 PM

    @darshan
    Seriously are you kidding me bro?If your so called friend who happens to own a iphone 5S and a Galaxy S4 did 4G speed testing.Then why did he choose Samsung Galaxy S4 for taking down the results even though the sim card was inserted in the iphone 5S.He could have downloaded the speed test.net app from app store and he could have taken down the readings on the iphone 5S itself.Is he a moron or something to use two devices unecessarily.If it was your so called friend who was doing the 4G speed testing etc you could have mentioned so in all of your previous comments.But in all of your previous comments you have said its you who has done the testing.Another thing is that I guess the 4G and LTE icon can only appear one at a time and not simuntaneously.Just like how 3G or H or H+ appear one at a time.All i can say is that either you or your friend or both of you are clearly LYING.Atleast lie properly bro.

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    • Darshan Malu January 27, 2014 1:22 pm, 1:22 PM

      I had gone pune yesterday
      I asked him abt the 4g on S4 he said that He was just making fun 4G didnt work on S4…
      N what u said is right i was LYING in previous comments that i was doing all the speedtest but if u c i also stated. After that abt the friend…
      N where i stated that my friend owns both the phones iphone 5s & S4
      SORRY again for making such a big discussion
      My mistake was not to post whatever my friend was saying here
      I know u r experts in this devices…Believe me if i was knowing that my friend was just makkng fun i would never post this
      N i thought why should i mention my friends name in the comments so i stated i was doing all the speed tests
      I dont think u all will believe this or not
      But its okay i m wrong i should.listen all this…

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      • Rama January 27, 2014 3:56 pm, 3:56 PM

        @darshan
        Even I am sorry for being mad at you temporarily.The problem was I thought you have no friend like that and instead of accepting that you were lying,you were coming up with lame excuses to defend yourself,so i kinda lost my temper over there.Again even I am sorry.I felt bad about writing the comment the moment I had submitted it.The problem with me is that I cant have anything in my mind and I have a habit of expressing anything which comes to my mind.

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    • Zeeshan January 27, 2014 1:57 pm, 1:57 PM

      @Rama
      Now dont make it as a issue
      Darshan has said sorry for it in his previous comments too
      Maybe really his friend had made fun with him….
      Bcuz he never bfore this had made a false comment in telecomtalk (from when i am reading it i.e from a year)….
      @Darshan now u too dont post anything bfore confirming them as it will lead u r image down over here

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      • Rama January 27, 2014 4:00 pm, 4:00 PM

        @zeeshan
        I am sorry for being mad at darshan.But hey testing the speed of your iphone 5S 4G connection on a samsung galaxy S4 through tethering instead of testing it on iphone 5S itself is something difficult for me to believe.

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    • Rushabh January 27, 2014 2:31 pm, 2:31 PM

      @Rama
      No, what ICON darshan said is correct bcuz few months back i was in USA….i saw the same icon over there in samsung mobile…Dont know which cell it was but the icon was same….

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      • Rama January 27, 2014 4:13 pm, 4:13 PM

        Rushab
        If you want I can email you the image of 4G icon on samsung galaxy S4 just give me your email.

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  • bharat January 27, 2014 12:20 am, 12:20 AM

    Waiting for Feb auctions! They shouldb use new spectrum for 4g

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  • Darshan Malu January 25, 2014 8:34 pm, 8:34 PM

    @Nihar
    Activated 4G today over S4 in Pune via airtel….
    Following are the results….
    Speedtest.net
    Downloading 18.9mbps
    Uploading 6.5mbps
    The speed was awesome
    I had recharged with 200rs for 1gb 4G
    But its not worth to use bcuz i nly surfed internet n little bit whatsapp n speedtest but within 20min the whole 1gb was exhausted
    So its no use for me
    N what u was asking me abt the status n icon
    icon- 4G with vertically LTE written besides it
    Signal Strength -87dBm 13asu
    Mobile network type: 4G LTE:2
    Hope u r questions r all finished

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    • raj January 25, 2014 10:18 pm, 10:18 PM

      Rs200 for 1GB!!! No Thanks.

      Some time back I have seen in newspaper that IT minister of AP told 1GB costs just Rs35 after negotiations with govt.R&B officials,providers etc.This shocked me..Now I’m pretty confident that 4G will not take off for another 2yrs & there will be no true unlimited plans at all.

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      • Darshan Malu January 25, 2014 10:41 pm, 10:41 PM

        You are speaking abt JIO….I have used 4G over airtel

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      • Nihar January 26, 2014 12:39 am, 12:39 AM

        @Darshan
        Could you please upload screenshot of status page, more while you are connected to LTE dial #*0011# and take screenshot of it as well and please upload both screenshot.
        Regards
        Nihar

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        • Darshan Malu January 26, 2014 8:54 am, 8:54 AM

          Yup
          Actully i have said u wrong but all info whih i gave was from my friends info
          I have practically not done it as i m not in pune..
          Today i m going in pune n what all results come i will let u know

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    • samrat January 26, 2014 12:30 am, 12:30 AM

      Hi darshan. Jst read ur post nw. But fr ur kind info it is impossible to use 4G on Samsung galaxy s4 as d Indian model having Exynos octa 5410 which doesn’t support lte/4G. I can’t believe it bro. Evn d snapdragon 600 variant galaxy s4 too does support lte, but doesn’t support Indian LTE BAND which is on 2300 mhz. So pls bro stop fooling us.. Ryt nw only I phone 5s n 5c version support Indian lte band 40.

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      • Rama January 26, 2014 8:23 am, 8:23 AM

        @samrat
        I kind of agree with you.I in no way mean to doubt the originality of darshan’s comment but when the S4 was launched I clearly remeber reading that its only the octa core variant of Samsung Galaxy S4 in korea which would support LTE.Even on Wikipedia its given that GT-1900 which is the Indian version of S4 is not going to support LTE.But still since darshan is claiming that it does I would even want him to upload screen shots or even better a video on something like google docs and give us the link.

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      • Darshan Malu January 26, 2014 8:51 am, 8:51 AM

        I am sry…
        Actully all info u said maybe right
        I am in mumbai
        Even i m using S4….
        1 of my friend lives in pune even he uses S4….
        whatall info he said i posted here…
        I personally have not seen them…
        He also has send me a screenshot of speed
        downloading around 18mbps so all i uploaded over here believing him
        Also i m going 2marrow to pune i will have chance to view if its really supported
        Sorry if the information was wrong
        N i m not fooling any1 whatall my friend said i updated over here nly wrong i said was i was doing it

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      • Darshan Malu January 27, 2014 1:07 am, 1:07 AM

        Sorry it was wrong info
        My friend was kidding me…
        But the speed was right bcuz he had used airtel 4g sim in iphone 5s and had done tethering to S4 and then had run speedtest
        In Pune 4g speed of airtel is 18mbps
        Again note this speed i have not personally viewed all this i have written is on the belief of my friends saying….
        Thankyou & sry :-( again abt the wrong information

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  • SS January 25, 2014 8:54 am, 8:54 AM

    SUC is dependent on many factors like frequency band, revenue earned in the FY so overall it varies from operator to operator. However, trai has requested for uniform SUC for all operators which AVOID cartel has opposed.

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    • Rama January 25, 2014 12:16 pm, 12:16 PM

      @SS
      Thanks for the info.I think avoid cartel is in favour of uniform SUC.

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  • SS January 25, 2014 8:46 am, 8:46 AM

    The SUC for both the bands would be different.

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  • SS January 24, 2014 10:47 pm, 10:47 PM

    Its simple logic, 1 gb, 2 gb etc data is not at all enough for 3g, forget about 4g. I can hardly use 1 gb 3g data for 5 days and on 4g you can understand the situation. Unless there operators launch plans which high fup of 512 kbps for 3g and 1 mbps for 4g, its going to be utter flop. Waiting for reliance jio.

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    • Rama January 25, 2014 12:13 am, 12:13 AM

      @SS
      Agreed.Data limit and fup are only a part of the problem on 4G.Other problems like network coverage,device ecosystem and battery life are highly gonna affect the adoption of 4G in india.Airtel 4G with its plans,price and post FUP as well as pre FUP speed(10 mbps)speed is a flop.Only hope for 4G in India are the tariffs of reliance jio which may spark interest in 4G.

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    • Rama January 25, 2014 1:43 am, 1:43 AM

      @SS
      off topic.Supposing two operators X and Y are operating in India.Operator X holds 10 mhz of spectrum in 900mhz band on a pan india basis.Operator Y holds 10 mhz of spectrum in the 1800 band on a pan india basis.Over here both X and Y have the same quantum of spectrum.My doubt is wheter both X and Y will have the same SUC since they have the same quantum of spectrum or different SUC dpeneding on both the quantum as well as band.

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  • Nihar January 24, 2014 2:54 pm, 2:54 PM

    Hi Srikapardhi, Would you please give some info regarding the signal strength in db while you were doing test, moreover you did indoor test or tested just sitting beside airtel tower :)

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    • Srikapardhi January 24, 2014 3:59 pm, 3:59 PM

      Hi, we just gave an overview of what Airtel 4G is. We will experience it more in coming days at diff places and at different times and will come up with a detailed analysis soon on TT. Is Airtel 4G worth the hype or not. Till then i don’t make any comment. Thx

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      • Nihar January 24, 2014 4:55 pm, 4:55 PM

        Hi Srikapardhi
        When you do more test please upload info regarding signal strength and db .
        Regards
        Nihar

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        • Nihar January 24, 2014 7:10 pm, 7:10 PM

          iPhone Field Test Mode

          Accessing Field Test Mode on the iPhone is relatively simple, just open the Phone app, switch to the keypad and dial the following code: *3001#12345#* and then press call. If you dialed it correctly, your iPhone will enter Field Test Mode and you’ll see the numerical value for signal strength in the upper left hand corner of the screen where the signal strength was previously displayed in bars. To exit and return your iPhone to normal status, all you need to do is hit the Home button. The mode is available on any iPhone running iOS 4.1 and all later versions.

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  • Suvham January 24, 2014 1:42 pm, 1:42 PM

    Here only three 3G service providers are AirTel, Reliance and BSNL. AirTel and Reliance have good network but BSNL doesn’t. AirTel 3G packs starts with 250 Rs for 1 GB which is quite high and 1 GB data gets halted in just two days. Reliance gives 1 GB 3G data for 157 Rs which is okay but most of the time speed is around 100 kbps and no unlimited data plan available at both the service providers. No idea when 3G will be cheaper. 4G is just a dream for now.

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    • Nihar January 24, 2014 2:59 pm, 2:59 PM

      Hi Suvham if you have aircel in you area try that it some 3 month combo plan where you get 5 gb in total and after 5gb you will be allowed to use 2g unlimited without any cap, moreover before doing that check signal strength of aircel in your area in db and also check if it connects t hsdpa or hsdpa+ network.

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  • Joville Vaz January 24, 2014 11:40 am, 11:40 AM

    Without unlimited plans 3g and 4g is useless… they give us 1gb of 3g at 250rs valid for 30 days… with me 1gb lasts only 1 day… forget 1 day… less than a day if i download/watch videos… hoping for an unlimited monthly plan…

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  • Esmail January 24, 2014 11:17 am, 11:17 AM

    Just wait for the Feb spectrum auction, I’m pretty sure Jio has entered the bidding for 1800Mhz and it’s not just for offering voice and 2G services, I have a feeling they will adopt Videocon’s strategy and provide voice plus FD-LTE on 1800MHz since the device ecosystem is way more mature for that than TD-LTE on 2300MHz. The towers will be programmed to allocate bandwidth to voice and LTE depending on the demand and number of users connected to the tower, thus effectively managing the limited bandwidth. The 2300MHz spectrum will be used to provide home broadband and catch up TV. Jio can provide true unlimited data plans for home broadband but on the mobile platform they will have FUP based unlimited data plans and streaming of live TV on the mobile will be like IPTV with a fixed monthly charge and the data consumed for streaming won’t count against your data pack.

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    • Nihar January 24, 2014 3:18 pm, 3:18 PM

      Hi Esmail ,

      FD-LTE on 1800MHz, TD-LTE on 2300MHz both are supported by iphone 5S Model A1530 and 5C Model A1529,
      So I guess it is future Compatible.

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      • Esmail January 24, 2014 9:18 pm, 9:18 PM

        Yes it is, but if u compare the overall number of LTE capable handsets with support for 1800MHz vs the number of handsets with support for 2300MHz band, you will notice the ratio will be more than 10 is to 1.

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        • Shiv January 25, 2014 10:54 am, 10:54 AM

          Agreed.

          I am sure Jio would be operating on 1800 mhg. But not sure, if the existing devices which can work on mhg would still be LTE capable? or eventually….for this you need to buy a new phone.?

          Airtel is deploying the circuit fall back technology for their voice services, it seems to be a workable technology for Airtel. Only concern, 10mbps is way too less. At times I have got more than that speed on my HTC One X Plus with their 3G.

          4G to be real 4G, should always give a minimum of 50mbps speed on mobiles. Other countries, rightly pointed out by someone….are witnessing speeds in trajectory of 250mbps on mobile handsets.

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  • Rama January 24, 2014 1:14 am, 1:14 AM

    A general help to all readers.
    If you want to know wheter your device will be compatible with airtel’s or reliance’s 4G network then head over to gsm arena’s specifications page for your device.For example if you happen to own a google nexus 4 then type “nexus 4 specs gsm arena” in google search and select the appropiate link.In gsm arena search for the 4G box which is usually the third box in the network category on the left hand side.If you find no 4G box in the network category then no version of the given model supports 4G.In case you find a 4G box try to search for 2300mhz.If 2300 mhz is present in the 4G box then your handset is compatible with the Indian lte network at present.If you do not find the 2300mhz mentioned in the 4G box then the model is not compatible with Indian lte network but may be compatible with the lte networks of other countries.

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  • Rama January 24, 2014 1:04 am, 1:04 AM

    @suman
    Indian version of Nokia lumia 625 would not support 4g.Even the international or uk version does not have support for 23000hz band.

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  • Suman January 23, 2014 10:30 pm, 10:30 PM

    Nokia 625 supports LTE apparently. hopefully it should work. Not sure if we could test it wit regular Airtel 4G SIM.

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  • Harman Sidhu January 23, 2014 9:12 pm, 9:12 PM

    All other readers who are asking why the test was not carried on other cheaper phones, pl do some research before posting i.e only iphone 5s & 5c support 4G band in India which is band 40. No other phone supports band 40 for LTE as of now.

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    • Rama January 23, 2014 10:39 pm, 10:39 PM

      @Harman
      Xolo has a device which supports indian lte and even huwaei has one device

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      • harman sidhu January 24, 2014 1:31 am, 1:31 AM

        xolo has just launched the product about 3 weeks bake was not aware of it, where as the device by huwaei is not available in India, Airtel itself was suppose to launch it in India but they did not.

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        • Rama January 24, 2014 1:47 am, 1:47 AM

          @harman
          Even I had only read that airtel was providing huwaei’s device.Now I do not know wheter they are really providing or not.

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  • Darshan Malu January 23, 2014 9:06 pm, 9:06 PM

    Will the Airtel 4G work in Samsung S4 and if yes then plz say how to activate it & 1 more thing airtel i think is having 4G in Pune,Maharashtra but it is not having 3G here so if 4g network is not available then it will switch to directly 2G? or it will use any other operators 3G?
    If it will not use 3g then its of no use to me bcuz by that i will be paying 4G rates for using 2G

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    • Rama January 24, 2014 1:00 am, 1:00 AM

      @darshan
      Indian version of galaxy S4 does not support lte.

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      • Darshan Malu January 24, 2014 9:21 am, 9:21 AM

        Ohk…ty… :-(

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      • Zeeshan January 24, 2014 11:28 am, 11:28 AM

        I speaked to samsung customer care they said 2300hz LTE band is supported for S4
        @Darshan Do a work take airtel sim (i think u r using bsnl) and use it in Pune n see if it works…..

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        • Darshan Malu January 24, 2014 5:02 pm, 5:02 PM

          Ya i visited today airtel office of Pune…They inserted their sim in my S4 and yes 4G is compatible with my phone….Then they said that 3G will not work as they dont have license in maharashtra…and 4G network not available everywhere so porting to airtel from Bsnl was flop idea…I said them to give new sim card then he gave me new sim with written on it 4G sim(but i think its normal sim bcuz same sim even my friend is having which is abt 2 yrs old)….They said it will be activated 2marrow…Now lets c 2marrow…
          1 more thing when i did speed test over there using their sim the speed was 8.9mbps download &. 4.9mbps upload….They said that now its not full fledge so its little speed once all the towers get fitted it will support more than 50mbps speed..

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          • Rama January 24, 2014 6:46 pm, 6:46 PM

            @darshan
            Sorry for the wrong info.I am happy to know that s4 is compatible with indian lte network.Did you ask them that can the phone switch to 2G network since 3G is not available.

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            • Nihar January 24, 2014 7:26 pm, 7:26 PM

              Hi Darshan Malu
              When you airtel sim is activated, go to your phone settings>more>Mobile Network>Network Mode>Preferred network mode what are option listed over there. Second Settings>About Phone>Status> Signal Strength and Mobile network type. I will Be waiting for these info??

              Regards
              Nihar

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              • Darshan Malu January 24, 2014 7:46 pm, 7:46 PM

                @Nihar
                even i am eager to see it…
                I will say all info once it gets activated

              • Darshan Malu January 24, 2014 7:49 pm, 7:49 PM

                @ And Nihar in network modes there are two only i.e GSM,WCDMA &DUAL MODE….
                And when 4G sim was put the icon (H for 3g) It was 4G with vertically writen LTE besides it…..i think u understood the icon

            • Darshan Malu January 24, 2014 7:45 pm, 7:45 PM

              Yeah they said while calling it will directly switched to 2g mode….

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  • Ivan January 23, 2014 8:43 pm, 8:43 PM

    To be honest I’ve tried Airtel 4G in Bangalore but the speeds were around 9.8 Mbps max, the only hope is RJio 4G rollout and plans hopefully they can make it affordable for the masses.

    Airtel 4G isn’t anywhere close to what 4G should be and if the competition heats up which for sure will post RJio 4G rollout then Airtel will be playing catch up game despite being the first player in the Indian market to offer 4G.

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  • imahesh January 23, 2014 7:54 pm, 7:54 PM

    At IIT Mumbai you tested Reliance jio 4g and in Bangalore you tested airtel 4g both with Apple 5S and 5C.
    Kyo bhai dusare 4g phone nahi hai kya?
    Try 4g test in budget 4g supported phone. Tab pata chalea ki 4g kitna faayademand hai India ke logo ke liye.
    High end phone pe accha hi hoga

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    • kushal January 23, 2014 8:15 pm, 8:15 PM

      @imahesh +1… i totally agree with you bro. u have pointed out the aam admi(common man) thing. srikhapardi sir please use budget chinese phones for 4G too and better list out cheap phones of 4G available in the market. What is the use of 4G if we cant afford iphones?

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      • imahesh January 24, 2014 11:15 am, 11:15 AM

        @kushal air ek baat hai ki battery kitni baar charge karni padegi.
        Vaise to iPhone 2g ya 3g pe do baar larana padata hai.

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  • Akhil Mohan January 23, 2014 7:32 pm, 7:32 PM

    I know we live in India, but for 4G is 21 Mbps a fast speed???

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    • Rama January 23, 2014 7:56 pm, 7:56 PM

      @Akhil Mohna
      Actually its below 4G standards if you consider that SK Telecom in korea has achieved speeds as much as 233mbps through LTE,3G itself can deliever top speeds of upto 42 mbps when exploited completely.Whats even worse is that I believe since TT was personally invited by airtel they got 4G speeds of 23mbps otherwise I have found many users reporting speed capping at 10mbps itself.

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      • Akhil Mohan January 23, 2014 8:11 pm, 8:11 PM

        And what’s weired is that 4G towers are not congested because there are a few users. Imagine what will be the speeds when more people start to use it.

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        • Rama January 24, 2014 1:43 am, 1:43 AM

          @Akhil Mohan
          Agreed!.Since there are very few people on the 4G network of airtel speeds must be between 50 or 70 mbps but the normal airtel 4G user is not getting speeds above 10 mbps.There is no practical need for 4G according to me.4G is definitely not”INTERNET ON THE MOVE” kind of stuff atleast in India.Given the band in which 4G is being operated coverage is definitely going to be an issue INITIALLY.I know how irritating its going to be to witness the phone switch between 3G and 4G or rather 2G and 4G.There is also the problem of device eco system,only 3-4 handsets in india are lte endabled.One can’t expect people to buy selected 3 or 4 devices just so that they can make use of an improper 4G network.Agreed that one can view 1080p videos on iphone 5S over 4G without any buffering but what about battery life.The iphone has tiny little battery.If anyone tries to stream 1080p videos on the iphone over 4G they will be out of charge in 1.5hours or maybe even lesser.So 4G is definitely not a viable choice for internet on the move.
          If someone wants high speed internet at a paticular or stationary place like home or office they can use broadband instead.Almost all major states in India have local ISPs.As Esmail said that hathway is providing around 50mbps of 25GB of data and post fup 1 mbps unlimited.All this for around 1.3k per month.Thats super fast data at affordable price.broadband is a reliable source of internet unless and until your on BSNL or MTNL.
          Then there is the question of wheter majority of Indians need such high speed data.What will the farmer in bihar or the vegetable vendor or coolie or auto driver do with a 4G data speed.Even people who require a data connection for Instant Messaging apps,email,browsing etc can opt for a good 3G operator like vodafone or airtel or idea and face no issues.If you ask me I would prefer downloading the 1080p video before hand at home over my wifi network and view it on the move.This way I could save myself a ton of battery life as well as network hassle.I dont think that which such speeds.coverage and price airtel’s 4G netwrok is going to make an impact.Only hope is on jio and their pricing.

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          • Akhil Mohan January 24, 2014 8:03 pm, 8:03 PM

            I think 4G is more like a replacement for wired broadband. But in big towns like bangalore, hyderabad, mumbai etc there is no need because cheap wired broadband is available.
            They should focus more on cities where only BSNL is present.

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            • Rama January 25, 2014 12:25 am, 12:25 AM

              @akhil
              The name Broadband Wireless Access itself suggests that the spectrum is only meant for Wireless broadband services.But since reliance jio got the UL they are offering voice services too.Tamil Nadu can be a great market for Reliance Jio.People over here including me are starving for high speed data at low prices.Presently only BSNL,tikona and airtel are present as ISPs.BSNL quality sucks big time .Airtel has excellent qos but tariffs and post fup speed are horrible.Tikona has very very limited coverage.Reliance Jio can eat a very big part of broadband pie in chennai and tamil nadu but I dont think they are concerned about chennai or tamil nadu.I have not witnessed any kind of optical fibre laying over here in tamil nadu by jio whereas many ppl on tt from kolkata,kerala,mumbai and solapur have reported about ofc laying by jio.People over here also dont have any idea about jio.None of the local news papers like daily thanthai has mentioned about it.

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  • spiderman January 23, 2014 7:23 pm, 7:23 PM

    List out devices which support 2300Mhz band 40 other than iPhone5S and iPhone5C.

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  • shuvi January 23, 2014 7:08 pm, 7:08 PM

    2300mhz is not only mode.. Y dnt try to anyothr band like 700 800 900 1800 thz are lot of 4g enabed handset in india so it wont get waste…

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    • imahesh January 23, 2014 7:59 pm, 7:59 PM

      1800 MHz pe videocon launch karega. Aur 700 mhz pe 2016 Mai Naye operator ke sath ho sakata hai

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  • Rama January 23, 2014 7:05 pm, 7:05 PM

    I think since TT was personally invited by airtel they got such awesome download as well as upload speeds otherwise I have found many people reporting speed cap at 10mbps.

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  • Chinmoy January 23, 2014 6:42 pm, 6:42 PM

    Wow , Good show Airtel .

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  • Pratik January 23, 2014 6:38 pm, 6:38 PM

    what is the mobile number of the airtel 4g sim u tasted? i mean is that number similar as 2g mobile number or another new series only for 4g services?

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    • Dushie January 24, 2014 11:12 am, 11:12 AM

      Airtel has dropped 4g pricing. It is cheaper currently that Airtel 3g plans , as they are aggressively pushing up the sales for 4G as it has not kicked off well. With Jio coming in they know they will have stiff competition, so buy lowering the data rates they are trying to capture the market. Simple example. Airtel 3g costs Rs 950 for a 6GB plan on which max you will get is 5 Mbps speeds. While Airtel 4g has been capped to 10 Mbps under the new plans and they are giving 10 Gb of 4g Data for Rs 999 only. So catch is simple, reduce the speed and lower the plan rate below 3g then push sales. They have even dropped the data card pricing. A 4g dongle is costing as low as Rs 1100 now.

      So its a clear move to increase user base, move customers from 3G to 4G by lower pricing for data plans and hardware.

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