After much anticipation, Bharti Airtel is finally in development to launch its 4G services in Delhi and NCR this week. The services to offer high-speed data access is due in the region since September 2013 when the telecom operator partnered with Huawei.
Airtel 4G services in Delhi and NCR region is expected to be available through 2300MHz frequency band (Band 40) using TDD-LTE technology that has been designed for Indian and some other emerging telecom markets.
Sources revealed TechOne3 that the telecom operator has already started 4G trials in the region and is set to make the final announcement later this week.
“Airtel subscribers in Delhi circle will get high-speed 4G services on their mobile devices as well as through 4G dongles and Wi-Fi CPEs,” a highly placed source told TechOne3 in an exclusive conversation.
The telecom operator is additionally in plans to launch a special pack for heavy data users in the region and the source said that some special demo zones are recently established to showcase the new experience.
Gurgaon-based Airtel became the first telecom operator to launch 4G services in India in 2012. While Kolkata was the first state to have 4G LTE access, the operator now has its services in total 19 states across the country, including Bengaluru, Pune, Nasik, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Mangaluru Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Phagwara, Kapurthala, Moga, Bathinda and Patiala apart from Kolkata.
Moreover, Airtel recently launched 4G trials for existing subscribers in Hyderabad, Vizag, Chennai and Mumbai to offer high-speed data access in more regions.
Airtel won the first 4G spectrum back in 2010 and currently holds 1800MHz and 2300MHz frequency bands to offer 4G services in the country.
Apart from Airtel, Aircel, Videocon Telecom, Reliance Communications and Reliance Jio Infocomm are the few major telecom players that are developing their 4G services.
Last week, Reliance Jio Infocomm Managing Director Mukesh Ambani told the company’s shareholders that it is set to roll out pan-India 4G services within next three years.