Telecommunications services provider Bharti Airtel (Airtel) which is present in the state since 14 years on Wednesday launched its 4G services in Gujarat, by rolling out services from Ahmedabad. While the Airtel 4G in Gujarat has been rolled out using spectrum band of 1800 MHz (FD LTE), with this launch Airtel 4G is now available in 17 circles, including 406 towns and cities in the country.
Speaking on the 4G launch, Murthy Chaganti, CEO, Gujarat, Bharti Airtel Limited said, “We are launching 4G services for our customers across India in a staggered manner and will be rolling out 4G to all the other big cities of Gujarat like Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara, Gandhidham, Rajkot, Bhuj in the next 3 months. With close to a crore customers in Gujarat, everyday we are adding more number of customers to 4G. The recent usage of data services is 25 percent in Gujarat while earlier it was predominantly voice.”
The telecom player has more than 8000 sites via open networks in Gujarat, which covers more than 95 per cent of the state. Gujarat has been ranked third among Indian states in the ‘overall Internet readiness’ index preceded by Karnataka and Maharashtra at top spot, as per a report titled ‘Index of Internet Readiness of Indian States’, published by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and Indicus Analytics, shared by Airtel officials on Wednesday.
Chaganti added, “This survey outcome shows that internet penetration is high and the ecosystem is good and the entire population is more ready towards e-governance and e-movement and internet usage. This survey was about e-governance readiness, e-education readiness and with respect to all these elements the state is ready. As per the outcome of a research that was conducted 72 per cent customers among those surveyed wanted to buy a 4G handsets in the next 6-12 months and definitely therefore we are launching 4G today.”