Telecom Lead India: India’s
leading service provider Bharti Airtel has launched its 4G LTE high speed
wireless broadband service in Benguluru, Karnataka. Benguluru has become the
second city in India, following the recent inaugural launch of Airtel 4G
services in Kolkata.
Huawei is the 4G technology partner of Airtel in
Karnataka circle. Airtel’s 4G (TD-LTE) network was launched by Sadananda Gowda,
Cheif Minister of Karnataka at event in Benguluru.
Airtel has also introduced -Smartbytes’ for 4G. The company
said its ‘Smartbytes’ for 4G allows customers to buy add on packs for the usage
of 4G experience even after exhausting their monthly data limits.
As seen the world over, the total data usage is exploding
and is doubling each year to grow to nearly 3.6 hexabytes by 2014. Airtel is
now the only operator that gives citizens of the Information Technology
capital of Bengaluru, access to entire spectrum of broadband services
including 2G, 3G and now 4G – thereby giving the customers never seen before
data experience,” said Sanjay Kapoor, CEO – India & South Asia, Bharti
As part of an exciting introductory offer by Airtel,
customers subscribing to 4G services will now be given a cashback for the CPE /
Airtel 4G is now also available in an all new 30GB pack
priced at Rs. 2999. The cost of the 4G USIM will be Rs. 49 and airtel
4G dongle will be priced at Rs. 7999 and indoor wifi CPE
at Rs. 7750
Customers on Airtel 4G can already choose from a catalogue
of over 35 high quality Bollywood movie titles and leverage the power of 4G to
enjoy an unmatched video streaming experience. While 10 movie titles will be
available free of cost for customers during the first month.
The company said that users can pay a monthly
subscription of INR 149 and watch unlimited movies.
In 2010, Airtel had successfully bid for BWA license
spectrum in Kolkata, Karnataka, Punjab and Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai)
circles. The company is currently working towards rolling out state-of-the-art
networks in remaining licence circles.
Airtel revenue up 20% to Rs 71,451 crore; profit down 30%
Bharti Airtel posted Rs 71,451 crore revenue in fiscal
2011-12, up 20 percent compared with the same period last fiscal. India &
South Asia revenues increased 11.6 percent to Rs 51,893 crore.