Broadband wireless access (BWA) services based on 4G technology will be launched by Bharti Airtel in Kolkata tomorrow. Airtel’s BWA services are expected to be inaugurated by Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal.
According to sources, Airtel had plans to launch this service in March but it got delayed because of the minister’s busy schedule during Parliament session.
Airtel has roped in Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE to plan, design, supply and deploy its BWA network in Kolkata. It has potential to provide download speeds of around 100 Megabits per second when an user is on the move, and can go up to 1 Gigabits per second at a fixed location.
The telecom major has appointed Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) for building and operating network in the Maharashtra circle using TD-LTE — one of the 4G technologies.
Airtel will become the first Indian company to start 4G service in the country with the launch in Kolkata. The company had won BWA spectrum in 2010 for four telecom circles — Kolkata, Maharashtra, Punjab and Karnataka and had paid Rs 3,314.36 crore.
The company was allocated 20 Mhz of BWA spectrum in 2.3 Ghz frequency band which is considered suitable for transmitting signals for operating 4G services.