Asia Bizz: Indian telecom company Bharti Airtel revealed on April 10, 2012 that it will launch its fourth generation mobile telephony service (4G) in the India city of Bangalore. The company assured that the new service will be launched in the IT city in the upcoming 30 days and Bangalore is the second city after Kolkata to receive the 4G service in India.
Sanjay Kapoor, the CEO of Bharti Airtel revealed that the company has selected Huawei as the network for the city. On April 10, 2012 Airtel launched the fourth generation service using the TD LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology in Kolkata.
The Chinese Telecom Equipment company was selected by Bharti Airtel for providing the required technology and equipment for 4G services in the Asian nation. Kapoor added that the company has not yet received the Indian government approval to provide voice and SMS service to users on 4G network.
For the launch of the 4G service in the state of Maharashtra, Airtel has selected Nokia Siemens Network and is yet to finalise the telecom equipment for the Punjab Circle. The company said that customers will be able to get ten times higher broadband speed as compared to the speed that received on 3G networks.
Kapoor also stated that it is not possible to ascertain the exact speed that can be delivered on a 4G wireless network as there are many factors which govern it.
Airtel 4G is the first ever 4G service to be introduced in India.