4G Update: Airtel Now Owns 51% of Qualcomm’s 4G Venture, Reliance Jio-Samsung Phone Deal Hits Roadblock

Airtel to stop 3G roamingThough 4G is long way to go mainstream in the country, the market is evolving fast. This time we had two updates to share, from two locked horns competitor on 4G turf : Bharti Airtel & Reliance Industries backed Jio Infocomm.

Airtel announced that they increased their stakes at Qualcomm’s Indian 4G venture from 49% to 51%. With this acquisition the four entities of Qualcomm’s 4G venture become Airtel’s subsidiaries. The financial details was not made public.

Qualcomm took part in 4G auction of India to promote LTE. However in time not only India but also globally LTE becomes the favorite 4G technology. Qualcomm won spectrum in 4 circles, while Airtel won in other 4 circles. Qualcomm will eventually leave the market.

There has been talks that Reliance Jio is working with South Korean electronics major Samsung to bring affordable 4G handsets. But it seems the entire process hits a roadblock on the pricing ground. Reliance wants these phobes at Rs 5000 around, while Samsung is not agreeing on this price. Samsung wants Rs 8500 for each phone with more than 3million orders. Otherwise price will go upto Rs 11000. The negotiation is ongoing and if it fails competitors of Samsung will be relieved. It is heard that Reliance also in talks with Huawei.

It can be noted that Samsung is providing LTE equipments to Jio in Mumbai and Delhi.Reliance is well known for tough bargaining and vendors agree with them due to huge volume sale at one go.

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July 7, 2013 8:07 am 8:07 AM

if samsung can’t ,talk with micromax

July 7, 2013 7:14 am 7:14 AM

It seems handsets offered by Reliance 4G will be similar to Reliance CDMA (working with Reliance 4 G only ). This will make 4G to fail as it happened with CDMA.

July 6, 2013 10:59 am 10:59 AM

I feel every 4G capable handset manufactured across the globe from the second half of 2013 onward should use Qualcomm RF360 network chip which supports 40 frequency bands which covers every band used for 2G 3G 4G GSM and CDMA across the world, this will solve the problem of band fragmentation, and add support for lesser common Indian LTE 2.3GHz band in all leading global flagship phones. I am personally waiting to see it in the Nexus 5