Monday, April 9, 2012

Bharti Airtel Launches TD-LTE in Kolkata

Bharti Airtel launched India's first commercial LTE service in the city of Kolkata.

Airtel is initially offering LTE USB Dongles as well as indoor LTE CPE, while supporting top theoretical download speeds of 100 Mbps although actual speeds will be much lower. Currently voice and SMS are not supported on the LTE network, but the company plans to add these soon.

Airtel is offering a movie service ( featuring Bollywood hits.

Airtel has secured LTE licences in four of India's telecom circles, including Kolkata, Maharashtra, Punjab and Karnataka.

  • ZTE served as infrastructure provider for airtel's LTE network in Kolkatta.

  • In February, Nokia Siemens Networks announced a contract to supply TD-LTE network equipment in the 2.3 GHz frequency band for Bharti Airtel. The carrier also selected Nokia Siemens Networks as its managed services partner in eight circles across India - Bihar and Jharkhand; Kolkata; Gujarat; Maharashtra and Goa; Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh; Mumbai; Orissa and West Bengal.

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