Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecommunications service provider, claims that it has become the first Indian telco to commercially deploy LTE-Advanced using Nokia’s carrier aggregation technology across TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE on a 4G network in Kerala. With this the service provider has joined a select group of global mobile operators to commercially deploy this technology, which delivers ultra-fast data speeds and also offers benefits like enhanced spectrum utilisation.
Using the carrier aggregation technology and combining the capacities of TD LTE (2300 MHz spectrum band) and FD LTE (1800 MHz spectrum band), data speeds of up to 135 Mbps have been delivered on commercially available mobile devices on Airtel’s 4G network in Kerala.
While Airtel might have taken a lead in deployment of LTE technology in the country, the Indian 4G ecosystem is still evolving. Airtel offers 4G services in around 350 towns and cities. This initiative is part of $9bn Project Leap, which was announced recently to upgrade and modernise its network to deal with data-centric market.
“This is a game changer for mobile broadband in India. Airtel has pioneered 4G deployment in India and we are delighted to raise the innovation benchmark to deliver a world-class experience to our customers. Our strong 4G footprint and a rapidly maturing device ecosystem, will now allow us to deliver the next level of high speed mobile data services on our network,” Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel, said in a statement.