4G Goes Live in India

India's largest operator, Bharti Airtel Ltd. (Mumbai: BHARTIARTL), launched the country's first 4G services based on Long Term Evolution Time Division Duplex (LTE TDD) in Kolkata (Calcutta) on Tuesday.

Bharti's 4G network in Kolkata is supplied by ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763), while the operator has selected Nokia Networks for its coming LTE TDD network in Maharashtra. (See ZTE Wins 4G Deal With Bharti Airtel and NSN Manages for Bharti.)

The first devices available for the 4G services are a USB stick and an indoor wireless gateway.

For the full news coverage, see India Welcomes 4G Services and Bharti's 4G: Not Yet For Mainstream Customer on Light Reading India.

Why this matters
The news heralds a new phase for mobile broadband in the country, where 3G services only started to take off less than two years ago. (See India on Brink of 4G and End of 3G Era?)

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— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

Michelle Donegan 12/5/2012 | 5:36:44 PM
re: 4G Goes Live in India

This blog by Light Reading India's editor Gagandeep Kaur puts this service launch into perspective:


Bharti may be first, but it doesn't have licenses in the big business cities of Dehli and Mumbai, which its rival Reliance Industries (RIL) does. And forging a roaming agreement to cover those cities doesn't look likely. 

That partly explains Bharti's interest in acquiring Qualcomm's 4G spectrum.



Michelle Donegan 12/5/2012 | 5:36:37 PM
re: 4G Goes Live in India

There's more insight into India's 4G here:

4G To Remain a Niche: Study

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