Bharti Airtel is now all set to be the first one to launch 4G technology based services in India. Having won spectrum for four markets Punjab, Maharashtra, Kolkata and Karnataka nearly two years ago, the company will debut its ZTE-built next-gen network in Kolkata this month. Bharti Airtel has already awarded the contract for building and operating its 4G network in Maharashtra to Nokia Siemens Networks.
This was confirmed by Sanjay Kapoor (CEO, Airtel).
According to industry estimates, by 2016 – 6% of all mobile connections will have 4G connection, which would create 36% of the total mobile data traffic – thus paving way for the ensuing data revolution. The impending launch of 4G in the country will provide ultra high speed data access, driving fundamental changes in society at large. We look forward to the launch of 4G technology in India, which will be timed to match the world in its launch.
Another firm, Reliance Infotel, earlier known as Infotel Broadband Services, which won a pan-India licence for BWA spectrum, is yet to announce its roll-out plans for 4G services.
Qualcomm, Tikona, Aircel and Augere have also won BWA spectrum in some circles.