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4G will come to India with rest of world: Airtel

business Updated: Sep 02, 2011 12:44 IST

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Telecom major Bharti Airtel Tuesday said that the fourth generation (4G) technology for mobile communications could be launched in India alongside other countries.

"Launch of 4G services in India will be almost aligned with the rest of the world," said Sanjay Kapoor, chief executive officer, India and South Asia, Bharti Airtel, at a Qualcomm event here.

However, he did not indicate when it would happen.

4G is a successor to the 3G and 2G families and is expected to be five times quicker than the 3G services in the country.

India last year auctioned spectrum for enabling 3G licenses. However, the demand for such services is still to fully take off.

Kapoor cited low penetration of 3G device to be a major factor for the slow start to 3G services.

"The penetration of devices in the market is still a question, besides the language of the content used in the country is not very conducive," added Kapoor.

India has over 850 million subscribers, of whom Airtel has over 170 million.