Pune became the third city in the country to get access to 4G network after Bharti Airtel launched the service on Thursday. The post-paid 4G service will provide high speed internet on the wireless network.
K Srinivas, president consumer business, Bharti Airtel, said the company has taken the broadband connectivity to the next level with the launch.
“Our speed will be much higher than the officially recognised 512 Kbps broadband speed. The customers will be able to access internet at a lightning speed,” he said. He said a minimum speed of 10-15 Mbps can be supported on 4G network.
Srinivas said the company has acquired licence to provide 4G facility in Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnatka and Kolkata and will launch the service in other cities as well.
“The 4G will empower customers with super fast access to high definition (HD) video streaming, multiple chatting, instant uploading of photos, rich content and much more,” he said. He said the company also plans to roll out country’s first multi-mode LTE TDD smart phone along with partners Qualcomm and Huawei, thus making voice telephony a reality for 4G users in India.
“We are excited to launch Maharashtra’s first 4G experience for Airtel customers in Pune. The response received by 4G services in Kolkata and Bangalore has been compelling, thus reinforcing our long-term focus on delivering technologies to fulfil the needs of country’s rapidly growing data evolution story,” said Srinivas.
With both home and office users opting for 4G services, he said, “It is heartening to see customers acknowledge the experience that Airtel 4G delivers. We are optimistic about the traction that 4G will see in months to come and look forward to roll out services in other circles soon”.
Airtel operations director Raghunath Mandava said the Airtel chose to launch the 4G service in Pune to fill the gap in the per-capita consumption of broadband and demand in the city. “Pune is a tech-city and the demand for broadband consumption is higher,” said Mandava. After Pune, Airtel will roll out the 4G facility in Maharashtra’s Nagpur and Satara.