Airtel rolls out 4G service in Maharashtra

Telecom Lead India: Bharti Airtel announced the launch of Airtel postpaid 4G services in Pune, the first 4G service in Maharashtra.

Airtel customers in Pune will now have access to cutting-edge 4G LTE technology that delivers the most advanced wireless broadband experience available across the globe today.

Airtel also announced the availability and free trial offer of its all new service innovations for Airtel 4G customers – Airtel Broadband TV and Games On-Demand. Additionally, Airtel 4G services for prepaid customers in Pune will be launched shortly.

Airtel 4G will empower customers with superfast access to data for High Definition (HD) video streaming, multiple chatting, instant uploading of photos, rich content and much more.

Bharti Airtel also has plans of rolling out India’s first multi-mode LTE TDD smartphone in India along with partners Qualcomm and Huawei.

Airtel, in partnership with Huawei and Qualcomm launched the first 4G LTE smartphone in India on Tuesday.

Bharti Airtel has achieved 3,180 TD-LTE subscribers through its 4G network in Kolkata and Bangalore, Telecom Lead reported recently.

“The response received by Airtel 4G services in Kolkata and Bengaluru has been compelling – thus reinforcing our long term focus on delivering technologies to fulfill the needs of India’s rapidly growing data evolution story,” said K Srinivas, president – Consumer Business, Bharti Airtel.

“With both home and office users opting for 4G services, it is heartening to see early adopters of this technology acknowledge the experience that Airtel 4G delivers – for everything from streaming videos and downloading music, to accessing business applications, email and rich multimedia content. We are optimistic about the traction that 4G will see in months to come and look forward to rolling out our services in other circles soon,” Srinivas added.

Airtel Broadband TV service on Airtel 4G dongle allows customers to stream live TV content directly onto their laptop or desktop without the prerequisite of a cable or set-top box connection. The service provides access to 76 channels and on-demand videos. The price of this pack is Rs.150 and Rs 49 for monthly and weekly subscribers respectively.

Airtel 4G LTE will also allow a seamless gaming experience on PCs and laptops. Customers opting for 4G can now leverage Games On-Demand service on Airtel to enjoy video games like FIFA and NFS from a host of publishers including as EA, Ubisoft, Square-Enix, PopCap and Alawar.

In 2010, Airtel had successfully bid for BWA license spectrum in Kolkata, Karnataka, Punjab and Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai) circles. Additionally, earlier this year, Bharti Airtel acquired 49 percent interest in Qualcomm AP’s India entities that hold BWA licenses in Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala.

The company has launched its 4G LTE services in Kolkata, Bengaluru and now Pune, and is currently working towards rolling out state-of-the-art networks in remaining license circles.

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