Telecom network operator Bharti Airtel has deployed LTE-Advanced (4G+) technology in Kerala, India.
With the deployment, which is part of the Rs 60,000 crore investment program, Airtel has become the first mobile operator in India to commercially deploy LTE-Advanced (4G+) technology (carrier aggregation across TD LTE and LTE FDD) on a live 4G network.
Bharti Airtel can offer data speeds of up to 135 Mbps on its 4G network in Kerala — using the carrier aggregation technology and combining the capacities of TD LTE (2300 MHz spectrum band) and FD LTE (1800 MHz spectrum band).
Nokia is the 4G network vendor for Bharti Airtel in Kerala.
Airtel India CEO Gopal Vittal said: “This is a game changer for mobile broadband in India. Airtel has pioneered 4G deployment in India and we are delighted to raise the innovation benchmark to deliver a world-class experience to our customers.”
Airtel has the largest 4G network in the country with live services in over 350 towns. Airtel is selling 4G services to customers on smart devices including mobile phones, dongles, 4G hotspots and Wi-Fi dongles.
At present, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Vodafone and Idea Cellular are in the process of launching 4G networks in select towns in India.