Airtel 4G Due On First Half of April, 2012

Airtel 4G Due On First Half of April, 2012If you are disappointed to know Airtel did not launch 4G on March 20, be excited as it is coming fast. As per our sources Airtel may launch LTE-TDD based wireless broadband services in the first half of April, 2012 in Kolkata.

Last week the rumor of Airtel’s 4G launch in Kolkata hit internet and a lot of people, if not everyone had gone crazy to hear it.

Airtel had won spectrum for high-speed wireless broadband service in four telecom circles namely Kolkata, Maharashtra, Punjab and Karnataka and paid Rs 3,314.36 crore in 2010. The company was allocated 20 Mhz of BWA spectrum in 2.3 Ghz frequency band.

There is a rumour that ZTE may be the equipment partner for Airtel in Kolkata, while tower deal will be done with Indus Towers along with Bharti Infratel. Indus is largest tower company over the globe.

As 2.3 GHz spectrum band will have poor indoor coverage, it is expected Airtel will deploy small cells (femto cells) at places to provide better coverage. It is expected that at this initial stage of LTE roll out the coverage will be scarce and will be available at some pockets of the city. We expect that Airtel may use microwave and fiber optic based backhaul provider to support this ultra high speed wireless services.

At this stage industry leader Airtel is expected to come up with some dongles and some tablets to offer bundled data plans on 4G. This band of LTE spectrum (2.3GHz) is a new band if compared to western countries, as a result Indian private BWA service providers have to make some wise decision to roll out yet to mature LTE services. Many analysis say that in 5 years, LTE will have 20 miillion customers in India.

If we check the history, Kolkata was the first city to have mobile services (2G) in 1995, and today 2G is widely accepted. Can we see the same success with 4G if started with Kolkata?

Now we ask you can 4G be a superhit in India or will a be a flop show whats your take do share your views via comments.

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Alen Pertin
April 10, 2012 12:24 pm 12:24 PM

Kindly install and activate 3G at Airtel towers of Bolung(Arunachal Pradesh)and Shantipur(Assam)

April 1, 2012 10:48 pm 10:48 PM
well , it will be hit , if they provide unlimited plans without FUP . coz with limited usage it is nothing but junk , if anyone is using 4g mostly he is going to watch online movies and downloads , else he will go with 2g , which is cheap and its enough to get ride of other fking higher price . i think tablets demands are increasing so internet demands going to be increased in future . so 4g with unlimited plans will boom and btw it must be below 1000 rs to hit the market ,else no… Read more »
March 27, 2012 1:44 am 1:44 AM

Doesn’t seem to me that 4G will be a profitable business in India yet. 3G is still so costly and not even available in all areas in India. Oh yeah, it will be presence of the technology, that’s great, but 4G will be a few rich people’s cake.