Airtel, Reliance Jio plan faster LTE services via carrier aggregation tech: Report

The 4G LTE war is yet to start in India, but telecom operators like Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Idea Cellular have already started considering deployment of LTE-A (Advanced) and LTE-U (unlicensed) using the carrier aggregation technology to offer faster and stable fourth generation services in India, ET reported on Tuesday.


The country’s leading telco, Airtel has started carrier aggregation trials for LTE-A, the report said, adding that Reliance Jio has entered into discussions with gear vendors and Qualcomm for the deployment of LTE-U.

The report said that Airtel, which has already implemented carrier aggregation for dual carrier HSPA (3G) in the Chennai circle, is doing trials carrier aggregation in 1800 Mhz and 2300 MHz bands, for faster 4G LTE services. “It’s a matter of software update in order to handle both together. That’s what we end up doing,” Abhay Savargaonkar, CTO at Bharti Airtel, was quoted as saying.

ET also quoted Idea Cellular’s CTO Anil Tandan who said that the telco is continuously looking at all possible options for enhancing customer experience, including Carrier Aggregation for 4G service.

LTE Advanced (LTE-A), which uses Carrier Aggregation (CA) process, promises to deliver true 4G speeds or two to three times faster speeds than today’s LTE. It allows operators to pool spectrum across inter and intra bands, thus enabling them to provide better consumer experience to the users.

LTE-U, which is conceptualized by Qualcomm, is designed to use unlicensed spectrum along with licensed LTE spectrum to ease the burden on big mobile carriers’ networks. In India where the spectrum allocations are sparse for all operators, and split in various bands, the CA technology will allow the operators the flexibility to leverage complete spectrum band, the report said.

Telecom gear makers Huawei, Ericsson and Huawei are working with these telcos on the carrier aggregation front. Huawei is actively conducting trials with leading Indian telcos across 1800 and 2300 MHz bands for FDD + TDD Carrier Aggregation solution, the report said.

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January 26, 2016 7:33 pm 7:33 PM

25 GB at Rs. 999 is it good deal?
something like this i s waiting for you guys .

January 26, 2016 3:12 pm 3:12 PM

Telecom Talk Should Verify the News Before Publishing. This is False News. Ignore this News. But the Use of LTE-U from Reliance Jio is Correct.

January 26, 2016 3:24 pm 3:24 PM

Here Airtel CTO is on record saying this. How this could be a false news?

January 26, 2016 8:50 pm 8:50 PM

Hello esmail (karnataka), Even in Future Also there could not be any sort of Carrier aggregation between the Said Telecom Technically. Carrier aggregation is not a simple thing. First Know about Carrier aggregation in LTE or EVDO before you comment.
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January 27, 2016 2:36 am 2:36 AM

Read the article carefully.. They’re already doing trial and all and are confident that it will be implemented… Which means ‘not a simple thing’ is still possible, isn’t it?

January 27, 2016 5:42 pm 5:42 PM
Carrier aggregation means Adding More Data Pipes from Carriers (Telecoms) & Pouring Licensed Spectrum and Unlicensed Spectrum into a Fatter Pipe to Enhance User Experience upto 100Mhz. The More the Carriers Poured the More the Data Pipes Eventually Combining the available Spectrum in One Carrier aggregation Pipe to Provide More Enhanced User Experience and Efficient Use of Spectrum from Different Carriers (Across Different Bands). In this Topic TT Hints as CA between Popular Telecom’s (mentioned above in the topic). But in Reality the popular Telecom may not come forward for an CA. Only Few Telecoms (not to specified) will be… Read more »
January 26, 2016 2:49 pm 2:49 PM

I challenge :

There is not even a single PAN India operator that can give at least 3.6 Mbps download and 1.76 Mbps upload speed to each and every user anytime / anywhere on its own network.

January 27, 2016 12:06 am 12:06 AM

Yes u r right. Not even any operator provide removable battery.

January 26, 2016 4:53 pm 4:53 PM

Expecting a minimum of Cat 6 LTE-A service from them.