Aircel To Launch 4G Services In December
While Airtel is still struggling to launch its 4G services in Delhi and Mumbai, it seems Aircel just might take the cake. Aircel has 4G spectrum in eight circles. And if reports are to be believed, the telco will start rolling out 4G services over LTE TDD network starting from Chennai between October to December this year.
The Business Standard report states that Aircel will invest Rs 2,800 crore to setup the network. Aircel has 4G spectrum in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, North-East, Jammu & Kashmir. It has 3G spectrum in 13 circles which include Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai) Kerala, Punjab, UP (East), Kolkata, West Bengal, Bihar & Jharkhand, Orissa, Assam, North East, and Jammu & Kashmir.
Sandip Das, chief executive officer of Malaysian telco Maxis Berhad (which controls a majority stake in Aircel), was quoted as saying, “Aircel will not only provide mobile 4G services through dongles and devices but also get into consumer homes by offering broadband Internet, broadcasting, video on demand, education and health care services, among others.”
Besides Airtel and Aircel, reports are rife that even Reliance Industries will roll out PAN India 4G services by December.