Airtel has already launched its 4G network in a handful of cities and other operators will follow the suit. If you want to be under the league of first movers, you should have a 4G LTE capable smartphone. If you think that all the high-end smartphones which are announced to be 4G LTE during their international launch are compatible with networks in India as well, you are mistaken. Indian telecom operators have received official license to operate 4G LTE networks (TD-LTE) over 2300 MHz band. You have to specifically look for a mobile phone or tablet which mentions 2300 MHz compatibility under its list of technical specifications.
Although, government of India has awarded 4G LTE license over 1800 MHz as well, operators haven’t started offering 4G LTE connection over 1800 MHz as of now. All the major flagship smartphones such as iPhone 5S, HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z2 are equipped with Qualcomm baseband solutions. Although the Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One M8 are currently incompatible with 4G LTE in India (2300 MHz band). Apple iPhone 5S uses Qualcomm MDM9x15 baseband solution to support 2300 MHz 4G LTE spectrum in India and China.
Right now, there are only 8 mobile phones in the Indian market which support the existing 2300 MHz 4G LTE infrastructure and all of them are powered by Qualcomm’s 4G LTE solution.
- Apple iPhone 5S
- Apple iPhone 5C
- Samsung Galaxy S5 4G
- LG G2 4G LTE
- LG F70 4G LTE
- Oppo Find 7
- Oppo Find 7a
- Xolo LT900
At least the HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z2 would be compatible with 4G LTE bands once Indian telecom operators start offering 4G LTE over the 1800 MHz bandwidth. But the Samsung Galaxy S5 wouldn’t be compatible with that as well. Although, Samsung might launch a specialised 4G LTE variant of Galaxy S5 once the widespread adoption of 4G LTE starts in India. But once operators start releasing 4G LTE in other cities, we might see a huge increase in launch of 4G LTE compatible mobile phones such as the upcoming Micromax Phoenix which is based Nvidia Tegra 4i SoC. Even MediaTek will be releasing MT6595 SoC which will come with an integrated FDD/TD-LTE radio.