The download countdown has begun with companies readying plans to unveil high speed fourth generation or 4G data services in India.
Tikona Digital Networks (TDN) will start rolling out its 4G network services by October.
This follows Bharti Airtel’s launch of 4G services—the first of its kind in India—from Kolkata on Tuesday. The Sunil Bharti Mittal-controlled company said it would soon follow it up with a similar launches in other cities starting with Bangalore.
All eyes are also on Mukesh Ambani-controlled Reliance Infotel’s broadband roll out plans.
Reliance Industries Limited subsidiary Reliance Infotel, which had acquired pan- India spectrum for broadband wireless access (BWA) for high speed data access offering speed up to 80 mbps, plans to create end-to-end solutions that address the complete digital value chain, including rich content, applications and services.
In October RIL had said “it was finalising the arrangement with leading global technology players, service providers, infrastructure providers, application developers, device manufacturers and others to help usher the 4G revolution into India.”
TDN will focus on tier 2 and tier 3 cities as the primary launchpads for its 4G services’ rollout.
“There is a lot of potential in tier 2 and tier 3 cities and these markets are untapped,” said Prakash Bajpai, CEO of TDN.
In 2010, TDN had bought broadband spectrum in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan, and UP (East) and UP (West) covering 31% of India’s population for Rs. 1058 crore.Bharti Airtel has priced the 4G dongles at an initial upfront cost Rs. 7999 and monthly rentals at between Rs. 999 and Rs. 1999. Experts expect prices to fall when more players join the fray.