Ahead of the impending commercial launch of Reliance Jio services, India’s largest mobile operator Bharti Airtel today said it has deployed 4G Advanced technology in Mumbai that enables faster data speed and better coverage for those with 4G Advanced handsets.
The technology will allow customers with 4G Advanced mobile devices to enjoy data speeds of up to 135 mbps, a company release said. “The deployment will result in a superior 4G experience for Airtel customers through faster data speeds and better coverage – indoor and outdoor,” it added.
Airtel launched its 4G services in Mumbai in May 2015 on the 2,300 MHz band and recently-added capacity on the 1,800 MHz slot. Essentially, 4G Advanced will combine 2,300 MHz and 1,800 MHz bandwidth capacities to enable better spectrum utilisation and efficiency.
“With the additional network capacity, customers in Mumbai can look forward to considerably improved data speeds and better coverage. We will extend the deployment of 4G Advanced in other geographies in coming months,” said Ajai Puri, Director, Operations (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel.
Airtel had deployed 4G Advanced network in Kerala in February 2016. 4G Advanced handsets include Samsung Galaxy Note5 and Moto G (3rd generation) Android smartphones. Faced with the impending commercial launch of RJio’s 4G services, telecom operators, including Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, have slashed data tariffs and offered sweeteners to retain customers.
Operators are also wooing users through higher data speeds, high-definition quality and superior experience on their networks. Yesterday, Reliance Communications claimed that its 4G LTE network on 850 Mhz spectrum band will provide high-definition quality, instant connectivity and blazing data speeds.