It looks like the 4G network's battle will soon be initiated in India. India's largest telecom service provider Bharti Airtel is launching 4G services for smartphones with the first ones being Apple's iPhone 5S, 5C and Xolo, from this month. The service has been released in Bangalore, which officially makes the city the first 4G operated province in the country. The service is said to move on to other states later.
The launch is somewhat like a prelude to the 4G services from Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio Infocomm which will be launched later in the country. Srini Gopalan, Bharti Airtel's director for consumer business reportedly said, "Existing 3G plans will apply to users who will be migrated to 4G for no extra cost. However, they will have to get a SIM card replacement. Voice networks will continue to run on 2G and 3G networks." He also added, "4G network users will be able to download 10 standard movies within 30 minutes," he claimed.
According to the online report, a trial version of 4G-LTE network that ET experienced in Bangalore gave a download speed of about 7.2 MBPS, versus a 2.2 MBPS. Moreover, the 4G network will offer you the option to watch high-definition video without buffering and downloading full-length movies on to your mobiles in about three minutes, and all this will come at the same price as the 3G service.
Unfortunately, the service will only work on iPhone 5S and 5C at the moment. That is because those are the only devices available in India that support the 2300 MHz frequency band on which 4G is being offered. Also Srini Gopalan, director of consumer business in Bharti Airtel India, said that for Rs 1,500, a postpaid customer can upload/download 10 GB of data in 30 days. There are other offerings at lower prices as well.