Airtel which brought many firsts in the telecom industry of India again became first when it launched its 4G service in Kolkata today. The launch was done by Hon’ble Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India, Mr. Kapil Sibal. After Kolkata, the 4G (TD-LTE) will be activated in Bangalore this very month, and then Pune and Chandigarh will follow in line.
Earlier in 2010, the company won the bid for the license of BWA spectrum in Kolkata, Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai), Karnataka and Punjab circles, which it is utilizing now. At the moment Airtel is working on a 24/7 basis to roll out its formidable state-of-the-art technology run network in its licensed circles other than its already active Kolkata circle.
The 4G USIM will come for Rs.49 while the 4G dongle has been priced at Rs.7,999 for indoor wi-fi cep at Rs.7,750. As an introductory offer the postpaid users of 999 plan will get a discount of Rs.167 per bill for six months while the postpaid users of 1399 plan will get a discount of Rs.466 per bill for six months, but there will be no 4G Smart-phones for now. Other than giving a rich content, Airtel 4G will give a high-speed access to HD (High Definition) video streaming, immediate uploading of files and photos, multiple chatting and a lot more to explore and use. The best thing which is yet to come is that this new technology will bridge the digital gap between the rural and urban areas as well as adding to the economic growth by increasing the reach of services like e-health, e-governance and e-education among the needy.