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Airtel launches 4G services in Kolkata, first in India

IANS  Kolkata, April 10, 2012
First Published: 12:27 IST(10/4/2012) | Last Updated: 17:09 IST(10/4/2012)

Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Tuesday launched broadband wireless access (BWA) services based on 4G technology here.

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With this launch, the firm became the first player to launch the 4G service in India.

The high speed service was inaugurated here by Union communications minister Kapil Sibal.

A successor to the 3G and 2G families, 4G is expected to be five times quicker than 3G services. It would offer services such as high-definition mobile TV and video conferencing.

Airtel , which had bagged BWA spectrum in four telecom circles -- Kolkata, Maharastra, Punjab and Karnataka -- for Rs. 3,314.36 crore in 2010, selected Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE to manage its services in Kolkata.

The other players are yet to announce plans to rollout 4G services.

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