The Telegraph
Saturday , February 15 , 2014
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Bharti Airtel launches 4G on mobile

New Delhi, Feb. 14: Bharti Airtel today announced the launch of India’s first 4G services on mobile in collaboration with Apple. The development comes just a day after it snapped up 1800 megahertz (MHz) spectrum in a number of circles in the auction.

The Delhi-based operator, said its customers in Bangalore, having Apple iPhone 5s or 5c, would be able to experience 4G at current 3G prices. Customers have to change their existing SIM to a 4G one to enjoy the service without migrating from their existing data plan. Airtel had launched 4G dongles two years back.

The 4G technology is the fastest telecom service in the country. Besides voice calls, it allows five times faster data applications than 3G.

A 4G mobile can download 10 movies in less than 30 minutes, upload two high quality photos per second and connect multiple devices without any constraint.

Vodafone India, the country’s second largest mobile operator, has also picked up 1800MHz spectrum in a number of key circles besides retaining its 900MHz airwaves in the auctions.

“We have significantly enhanced data capabilities by buying 4G spectrum for the next generation of mobile services in Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta, Karnataka and Kerala,” the company said.