Did We Catch 4G Signal in India?

Today we got a scoop from one of our reader, Amit Shah who sent us a snap showing Airtel 4G signal. He is located at Kandivali, sub-urban of Mumbai west and the signals are live on Mumbai-Maharastra circle border.

Did We Catch 4G Signal in India

He also cited that the signals are available during early morning hours but he did not able to latch to it as the signal is very poor and remains for a very short time period.

Our Conclusion:

Well at the very first when we got the snap with ‘4G’ we were all excited and felt great! But our joy did not last for a long time. We asked the handset model – it is myTouch 4G which is made by HTC and sold with T-Mobile connection.

We checked the specs details of the handset over official site of HTC and we find that this handset does not have support for LTE, but supports ‘4G’ in T-Mobile’s term i.e. the handset has support from HSPA+ upto 14.4 Mbps while T-Mobile USA’s HSPA+ 4Gnetwork can support upto 42Mbps.

Another important thing is India’s 4G spectrum for Mobile Services or Voice services are yet to auction so many people are getting confused with voice 4G for which the auction is yet to happen with 4G BWA which has already happened!

As Airtel and other 3G players show their advertisements with 21Mbps or faster 3G network it is not unexpected that somewhere Airtel really deployed 14.4Mbps HSPA+ network. Amit who shared this to us, might be confused because of the handset name he is using (myTouch 4G) and presence of ‘4G’ logo on his handset.

Our Advice :

We would like to advice our readers that this is not the right time to import 4G handsets or other devices, because it may not work .We are not sure that LTE operators will come up with SIM based Handset or settings will be inside the handset and there might be difference of LTE technology ( FDD and TDD ) and operational frequency bands.

We believe Airtel other 4G operators may roll out 4G/LTE-TD services in next 6 months. At the primary stage 4G/LTE services will be for wireless broadband and later voice over LTE will be offered as technology advances!

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October 22, 2012 11:07 am 11:07 AM
The slow adoption of 3G must be assigned to the greed of these private players. They offer 1-10GB of data at such sky high prices. It is not they can not provide. They simply want to milk money from consumers and avoid high spectrum charges claiming that 3g is not successful in India. On the other hand MTNL provide unlimited 3G at Rs 2500/2 months (used to be Rs 4500/6 months) and that too without throttling your speed as private players like Reliance Tata Docomo, Airtel do beyond the so called fair usage limit. I have been promised 3.6 Mbps… Read more »
Saurabh Jain
March 11, 2012 8:25 am 8:25 AM

Ha ha, but a good step by telecom talk to rectify

abhishek chatterjee
March 10, 2012 10:54 pm 10:54 PM

Airtel might be launching 4G services in India on the 20th of March. The first place of launch will be Kolkata and will later be introduced in three more circles including Maharashtra, Karnataka and Punjab….