Airtel launches 4G in Gujarat expanding services to 17 circles across India
The launch comes amid the spectrum auction, where analysts expect Bharti Airtel to bid aggressively for Gujarat circle in 2300 MHz band
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New Delhi: Bharti Airtel Ltd on Wednesday announced the launch of 4G data services in Gujarat as it rolls out services in Ahmedabad, thereby providing 4G in 17 circles across India.
“Airtel 4G in Gujarat has been rolled out using spectrum band of 1800 MHz (FD LTE) which ensures higher spectrum efficiency and increased upload and download speeds, which translates into a superior customer experience,” the company said in a statement adding that “Airtel has led the 4G story in India, having launched India’s first 4G network in Kolkata in April 2012. With today’s launch Airtel 4G is now available in 17 circles across India”.
For prepaid customers buying new 4G handsets, the company is offering 10 GB 4G data at Rs.249.
Murthy Chaganti, chief executive officer of Gujarat at Bharti Airtel, said,“We are delighted to launch our 4G services in Gujarat during the auspicious festival of Navratri starting with Ahmedabad. Customers in Ahmedabad can now look forward to a superlative smartphone experience with Airtel 4G.”
In the on-going spectrum auction, analysts are expecting Bharti Airtel to be bidding aggressively for Gujarat circle in 2300 MHz band.
“So far, major price hikes are seen in two circles—Mumbai in 1800 MHz at 49% and Gujarat—8% and 57% in 800 MHz and 2300 MHz bands, respectively. Idea currently does not have 1800 MHz spectrum in Mumbai among the top three and RJio. Also, Airtel does not have 2300 MHz in Gujarat,” Morgan Stanley said in its report dated 4 October.
The government has raised a total of Rs.60,969 crore from the auction so far, with entire spectrum in 2300 MHz band sold and 74% of total quantity of 1800 MHz also taken by telcos. This clearly shows that telcos are bidding to fill 3G/4G gaps.