Telecom major Bharti Airtel today launched fourth generation (4G) broadband services in Pune.
"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...We look forward to rolling out our services in other circles soon," Bharti Airtel President (Consumer Business) K Srinivas said in a statement.
The services, however, will be available to postpaid customers as of now. "
Services for prepaid customers in Pune will be launched shortly," the company said. Bharti Airtel is the only company to start 4G data services in the country and Pune is the third city on its network. The company already offers high-speed wireless broadband services in Kolkata and Bangalore.
The company has selected telecom equipment company Nokia Siemens Networks to deploy and manage its network in Pune.
Bharti Airtel will price the devices at Rs 4,999 and the monthly tariff plans are priced between Rs 999 and Rs 2,999.
The company has also announced a Rs 150 package for Airtel broadband TV service, that will allow users to access close to 76 channels and on-demand videos.
However, the Airtel 4G customers can leverage its introductory trial offer and access Airtel Broadband TV free of charge.
Bharti Airtel also plans to roll out India's first multi-mode LTE TDD smartphone in India alongwith partners Qualcomm and Huawei. The companies are working on pricing and distribution plans for the device.
In 2010, Bharti Airtel had successfully bid for BWA licence spectrum in Kolkata, Karnataka, Punjab and Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai) circles.
In May this year, Bharti Airtel acquired 49 per cent stake in Qualcomm's BWA business in India for around Rs 922 crore which entitled it to offer 4G services in Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala.