Airtel launches LTE-A 4G+ network in India with data speeds of up to 135Mbps
On an aggressive move, Bharti Airtel on Sunday announced that it has started rolling out LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) 4G+ in India to deliver data speeds of up to 135Mbps. The new technology is initially deployed in Kerala through a partnership between Airtel and Nokia Networks.
Airtel’s LTE-A 4G+ network utilises carrier aggregation technology and combines TD-LTE and FDD-LTE to enhance the existing 4G services. It is claimed “to deliver a superior user experience” with “ultra-fast mobile speeds”. Moreover, the new development comes as a part of the ongoing Project Leap, under which Airtel is set to invest Rs. 60,000 crore over the next three years.
“This is a game changer for mobile broadband in India,” said Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO (India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel, in a statement. “Airtel has pioneered 4G deployment in India, and we are delighted to raise the innovation benchmark to deliver a world-class experience to our customers.”
Airtel is using its spectrum in 2300MHz and 1800MHz bands to enable the new network technology for the first time in Kerala. It can be experienced through compatible mobile devices with Airtel 4G network.
“Our strong 4G footprint and a rapidly maturing device ecosystem will now allow us to deliver the next level of high-speed mobile data services on our network,” Vittal adds.
Gurgaon-based Airtel started its 4G journey in India back in 2012. It presently has the largest presence in the country with its 4G services live in over 350 towns.
Although Airtel had a monopoly in serving 4G in the early days of the new evolution, it now has Aircel, Idea and Vodafone as some of the major competitors. Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio is also set to roll out its 4G services in the country to expand its presence.
Moreover, Ambani recently announced that the new services through Reliance Jio will be commercially launched in the second-half of 2016. These services are claimed to offer high-speed data and network access to 80 percent of the total India’s population.