Airtel set to launch 4G services in Delhi and Mumbai circlesAuthor : Sharath Kumar August 5, 2013 0
NEW DELHI, INDIA: GSM service provider Bharti Airtel is expected to launch 4G services in Delhi circle by next month. The telco has inked a deal with Chinese gear maker Huawei to create and operate 4G LTE network in the region.
Airtel, betting high on 4G uptake, has already launched 4G services Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune and Chandigarh. It has slashed 4G data tariff by over 30 per cent recently. The telco also plans to rollout 4G services in Mumbai later this year.
The company has acquired 49 per cent stake in US-based Qualcomm 4G wireless business services venture which holds Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum license for Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala circles.
In 2010, Airtel won Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) license to offer high-speed Internet services in four telecom circles of Kolkata, Maharashtra, Punjab and Karnataka for Rs 3,314.36-crore.
Airtel’s rival Reliance Jio Infocomm (erstwhile Infotel Broadband Services) has also succeeded in getting 20 Mhz BWA spectrum for Rs 12,847.71 with 20 Mhz slot.
For Mumbai service area, Airtel is said to be in talks with Chinese players- Huawei and ZTE. The Home Ministry and DoT’s security wing had though raised apprehensions over Chinese gear makers.