Airtel Brings 4G on Mobile In Bangalore!
For the first time in the history of Indian telecommunications, mobile users would be able to use 4G data services on their handset.
Airtel customers in Bangalore can now pay Rs 1000 to get 10GB 4G services on their Apple phones, and can experience incredible speed and data access.
Some of the activities which can be performed using 4G services:
- High Definition Video Access with Zero Buffering
- Movies download in 3 minutes
- Multiple device access without any data speed loss
Besides this plan, existing users of both pre-paid and post-paid can enjoy 4G services on their mobile by upgrading their settings. The service is currently being offered to only Apple customers having 5S or 5C series.
In some cases, customers will have to change their 3G card to 4G SIM card in order to access 4G data services, without paying any extra fees. Their existing 3G plan will be automatically upgraded to 4G plan. The 10 GB data plan for Rs 1000 has been created for heavy Internet users; but please be aware as with such high speed data access, 10 GB can be finished in few hours!
Srini Gopalan, Director – Consumer Business of Bharti Airtel India said while launching this service, “Airtel has always set the technology trends in India and was the first operator to introduce 4G to the country. The Information Technology capital of India saw the advent of 4G in 2012 and today we are proud to announce the launch of the much awaited Airtel 4G services on mobile in partnership with Apple. We will together give customers in Bengaluru the power to upgrade to cutting edge 4G LTE ..”
Using TD-LTE technology, Airtel had launched India’s first 4G data services in Kolkata as on April, 2012. This 4G service was not supporting mobile phones that had 4G inbuilt, but were available on USB dongles which could be used by subscribers through laptops and computers. .
Subsequently, this non-mobile 4G data service was expanded to Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune and Chandigarh region. But now, with the introduction of 4G on mobile services, Bangalore has become the first Indian city to experience such high speed Internet facilities on mobile.
Reliance is also testing 4G data services in Jamnagar, Gujarat. This service would be released in partnership with Jio Infocomm, which are testing TD-LTE technology to deliver 4G services. Once the tests are complete, the service would be launched in over 700 cities.
Apart from Airtel, other operators who have 4G airwaves should also be announcing their 4G launch through this year. Hopefully, by end of the year, 4G will become quite common in India as well!