Bharti Airtel to soon roll out 4G services in Delhi

  • M Rajendran, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 29, 2015 23:21 IST

If you are an Airtel customer residing in the Capital, chances are you will get to experience the company’s 4G services soon, and what’s more, you can do much more than just live streaming of videos.

India’s largest telecom operator, Bharti Airtel, is all set to launch 4G services in New Delhi, which is likely to cater to a host of your daily needs. It will help working couples talk live with children and elders at home using CCTV, and even keep a close watch on the house when the family is out holidaying.

Airtel already offers 4G services in some cities.

With increasing number of consumers complaining about the lack of internet speeds despite operators promising the same, it will be interesting to see if 4G actually delivers on the speed front.

Sources in Airtel said all technical tests have been completed, and the company was awaiting regulatory clearance, which is expected by mid-March. It may also roll out limited 4G services before commercial launch in 2015.

“We have always offered services according to Trai regulations,” an Airtel spokesperson said.

4G speed tests conducted by HT in Chandigarh threw up interesting facts — A 250-page Harry Potter book took 0.1 seconds to download in the PDF format.

Bollywood blockbuster Barfi (2 hour 26 minutes) was downloaded in 9 minutes and 30 seconds.

Airtel is likely to ride on the popularity of MI phones from China’s Xiaomi, priced at `9,999, company sources said. The Chinese handset has had major acceptances where 4G services were being offered, challenging traditional biggies including Apple and Samsung, both in price and performance.

Nokia Networks’s radio network will be used to expand Airtel’s 4G services to six new circles of Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Northeast, Punjab (by December this year), Karnataka (by Februray 2016) and Rajasthan (by April 2016), according to sources.

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