Airtel starts delivering 4G speed of up to 135 Mbps

The company said data speeds of up to 135 Mbps have been delivered on commercially available mobile devices on Airtel’s 4G network in Kerala.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: February 22, 2016 12:01 pm
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Telecom major Bharti Airtel said it has started delivering 4G mobile broadband speed of up to 135 megabits per second.

The company said data speeds of up to 135 Mbps have been delivered on commercially available mobile devices on Airtel’s 4G network in Kerala. “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,” Bharti Airtel MD and CEO (India and South Asia) Gopal Vittal said in a statement.

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To deliver this high speed, Airtel said that it has used carrier aggregation across TD LTE and LTE FDD on a LIVE 4G network, becoming the first mobile operator in India to commercially deploy LTE-Advanced (4G+) technology. With this, Airtel has joined a select group of global mobile operators to commercially deploy the technology that delivers ultra-fast mobile data speeds and enables better spectrum utilisation and efficiency, it said.

For carrier aggregation, Airtel has combined the capacities of spectrum held by it in 2300 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum bands. Nokia Networks has partnered Airtel in deploying the carrier aggregation technology in Kerala.

Carrier aggregation enables enhanced spectrum efficiency by combining capacities across multiple LTE carriers (within same or different spectrum bands) to deliver a superior user experience and ultra-fast mobile data speeds. The deployment is part of Airtel’s ongoing network transformation program – Project Leap, under which it plans to invest Rs 60,000 crore over the next three years to meet the growing demand of voice and high speed data services, the statement said.

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Airtel at present has the largest 4G network in the country with LIVE services in over 350 towns. Airtel 4G is available to customers across a range of smart devices
including mobile phones, dongles, 4G hotspots and Wi-Fi dongles. “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,” Vittal said.

Competition in the 4G space is expected to intensify in the coming months. Earlier in the day, Reliance Industries CMD Mukesh Ambani said the company’s telecom arm Reliance Jio will be ready to commercially launch 4G services in the second half of 2016, offering 80 per cent of Indians high-speed mobile internet as well as voice services.

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First Published on: February 22, 2016 11:55 am
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    Rohit malik
    Jan 4, 2017 at 8:14 pm
    My location is not feasible for airtel 4G, so i can forget about it.lt;br/gt;I would suggest Airtel to deliver their current 4G service at all locations in INDIA instead of trying to give more better speed for some specific location.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;What's the meaning of calling yourself best network and promising so big, if you can't even avail your service to everyone ??
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      Aravind
      Jun 3, 2016 at 10:39 am
      Its gooD
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        Amrit Sinha
        Nov 22, 2016 at 12:29 pm
        Airtel is the best network in India. No one can compete with it. Even airtel 3G is faster than jio 4G
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          Shantanu
          Oct 6, 2016 at 1:45 pm
          I tested Airtel 4G in Gurgaon next to Airtel's building - the speedtest shows download speed of just 9.73 mbps and when we surf the internet, we knoe how slow it is in comparison to the speed we get on speedtest.
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            sp
            Nov 30, 2016 at 3:04 pm
            Very worst network. Fake promises, i am getting only 1.5 Mbps speed. I got airtel 4g dongle from their corporate office only. I am at Bangalore, not any rural area.
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              Thomas
              Nov 8, 2016 at 5:31 am
              To get this speed you need to have a mobile that supports 4g Carrier Aggregation also called 4g .Then more specifically the phone should support carrier aggregation between Airtel 4g bands 3 and 40, otherwise you will not get this speed
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                Karthik Anand
                Feb 22, 2016 at 9:51 am
                First ask AIRTEL to give atleast 25 mbps in present 4G then they will aim for 130 mbps and all.
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