Reliance Industries have maintained a lot of secrecy about their 4G plans but the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) director general, Rajan S Mathews recently confirmed that Reliance will launch their 4G network by December this year.
Mathews said that first BWA network will start rolling out by December this year. Reliance will start this and other operators like Airtel will follow the suit. They will launch their service by 2012 Q1.
He further added that they have used LTE technology for 4G. However, there haven’t been any announcements made because of security clearance issues and there aren’t any 4G devices in India either.
Both WiMax and LTE offer high speeds of wireless broadband access. The theoretical speeds go beyond 100 Mbps and users get real speeds of around 10 Mbps on the networks. Another great thing here that there is backward LTE compatibility with both CDMA and GSM networks.
Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum was held in June 2011 and the winner of licences was Infotel Broadband (which is owned now by Reliance Industries). They got licences for 22 circles where as Aircel got eight. Qualcomm and Bharti Airtel both got four each. Augere got one and Tikona managed five.
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