Bhart Airtel to roll out 4G Internet services in Delhi by September
By insightVAS - Mon Aug 05, 1:58 pm
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The company has roped in Huawei to build and operate 4G network in the circle
Bharti Airtel along with the Chinese equipment maker Huawei may roll out the fourth generation of internet services (4G) by September in Delhi and is consider as one of the lucrative data market in the country. The operator already offers 4G services in Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune and Chandigarh.
“We are planning to launch 4G services in Delhi by September and has selected Huawei for the network,” a company source said.
The company has recently reduced 4G data tariffs by up to 31 percent, is trying to boost up data usage and increase adoption for its 4G service for improving revenues. Airtel had won spectrum for high-speed broadband service – Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) – in four telecom services areas of Kolkata, Maharashtra, Punjab and Karnataka in 2010, paying Rs 3,314.36 crore for it.
Airtel last year acquired 49 percent stake in US telecom major Qualcomm Inc’s Indian 4G venture Wireless Business Services (WBS), which gave it entry into the circles of Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala. Qualcomm had forked out Rs 4,912 crore to win the BWA licence for the four circles.
At present, Airtel holds 51 percent stake in WBS and the company plans to completely acquire it by end of next year. After Delhi, Airtel will launch 4G services in Mumbai and the company is in talks with players such as Huawei and ZTE for network.
4G mobile Internet technology provides download speeds of around 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) on the move and it can go up to 1 Gigabits per second (Gbps) at a fixed location.
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