Aircel to launch 4G services by The End of Year
After Airtel, Now Aircel is set to launch 4G services over LTE TDD Network by December. Aircel holds 4G spectrum in 4 circles and it will start 4G services from Chennai. For this, Aircel is planning to invest 2,800 crore.
Sandip Das, chief executive officer of Malaysian telco Maxis Berhad said, “Aircel will not only provide mobile 4G services through dongles and devices but also get into consumer homes by offering broadband internet, broadcasting, video on demand, education and health care services, among others.”
Aircel holds 4G spectrum in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, North-East, Jammu & Kashmir.
In India, Airtel has already launched 4G services in Kolkata and Bangalore and planning to launch in few more metro cities including Delhi, Mumbai (with Qualcomm) and Pune.
Reliance is also set to launch 4G services but it is unclear about the exact month.
If we take a look on 3G network condition in India, Indian customers are not able to use it properly. It has high cost and plans are out of budget for normal users. Most of the Indian consumers still using broadband, 2G connection with 3G Modems or 2G CDMA providers (MTS and Photon+). Every company is in rush to launch 4G service but they forgot that 3G is still from the use of customers. They must try to cover 3G and make it reliable and cheap. As said by companies, 3G is also not giving customers proper data speed. Customers are not satisfied with most of the operators.
So it will be interesting to see about the network performance and customer interest. Investing Rs 2,800 crore is really a hard step for 4G as India is not prepared for 4G. Very fewer devices supports 4G in India.
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