Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile phone company is going to launch 4G services from Kolkata on March 20, which would give the company a lead over rivals in offering the next-generation telecom services in the country, according to industry sources.
Bharti Airtel would be the second launch of 4G services in India after Augere Wireless, which has offered high-speed data through dongles (data cards) since last month.
The Bharti Airtel spokesperson declined to comment, but pointed out that its chief executive Sanjay Kapoor had recently said that the telco would launch 4G services by March-end.
The initial launch will be at Kolkata and later it would be launched in three more circles including Maharashtra, Karnataka and Punjab.
Bharti Airtel had paid Rs 3,314.36 crore for getting fourth generation spectrum in four circles – Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab and Kolkata – in a government auction held in 2010.
ET had earlier reported that Bharti had fininalized vendors for its 4G foray, with ZTE being supplying the equipment and managing operations in Kolkata, while Nokai Siemens gor Maharashta, Huawei for the Karntaka region and Sweden’s Ericsson for Punjab.
Source : Economic Times