While Kabil Sibbal, Union Telecom and IT Minister was launching Airtel 4G services in Kolkata in the morning today, reports were abuzz that the next city to see the dawn of 4G services will be Bengaluru. The services will be launched in the Southern city in roughly 30 days from now.
The company, it seems, has selected Huawei as the network supplier for the Karnataka circle. In the next phase, Airtel will launch LTE services in Pune and Chandigarh.
Bharti and its rivals paid a total 385.43 billion rupees ($7.5 billion) to buy fourth-generation (4G) wireless broadband spectrum in a 2010 government auction, which saw bids at much higher prices than initially expected. Bharti managed to win 4G spectrum in just four of India’s 22 telecoms zones in the auction, paying 33.14 billion rupees for spectrum in the Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kolkata and Punjab zones.