Leading telecom company Airtel Wednesday launched its 4G services in Bihar. The services was launched by Ajai Puri, Director, Operations (India & South Asia) at a function in Patna. Initially Patna, Gaya, Siwan, Motihari and Bhagalpur would get 4G services, Puri told reporters. He said that in the next 45 days, other towns of the state would be included in this service network. With the launch, customers across these towns can now enjoy high speed mobile broadband on Airtel 4G and get on to the digital superhighway to enjoy uninterrupted HD video streaming, superfast uploading and downloading of movies, music and images, Puri said.
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Airtel 4G is available to customers across a range of smart devices including mobile phones, dongles and 4G hotspots, he said. Special demo zones and kiosks have been installed at Airtel stores — both owned and franchised — in these places respectively.
Customers across Bihar can switch their existing 2G/3G SIMs with 4G ready USIMs completely free of cost at any Airtel store/retailer in the city, the Airtel Director Operation said. “To ensure higher network capacity and superior customer experience, Airtel 4G services in Bihar have been rolled out using dual spectrum bands of 1800 MHz (FD LTE) and 2300 MHz (TD LTE),” he said.
This also makes amongst few states in India to have an integrated dual band Airtel 4G network, he added. Airtel also announced a new 4G offer for prepaid customers who can enjoy 10 GB 4G data for just Rs 247 with any new 4G handset. With Rs 247 recharge, 1 GB data will be instantly credited to the customer’s account and the additional 9 GB data can be claimed by the customer through My Airtel app. Users can avail a maximum of 3 recharges within 90 days on the offer, Puri said.
There are about 2.92 crore customers of Airtel services in Bihar and Jharkhand. Airtel, the country’s largest telecommunications services providers, has 95,000 outlets in Bihar out of which 85 per cent are in rural areas. It claimed to have 48 per cent of mobile market share in Bihar.