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Airtel 4G Reaches Jammu & Kashmir

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Bharti Airtel on Tuesday launched its 4G services in the northern most state of Jammu and Kashmir. With this Airtel 4G services are now available in all 22 telecom circles of the country.

Airtel 4G is currently available to customers in 25 towns/locations across the Jammu region. They are Jammu, Akhnoor, Nagrota, Kathua, Katra, Samba, Udhampur, Reasi, Rehambal, Bari Brahamana, Billawar, Ghomanhasan, Miran Sahib, Misriwala, Raipur Domana, Bashohli, Hiranagar, Rajauri, Sunderbani, Thanamandi, Jyotipuram, Talwara, Badlirakh, Garnai and Vaishno Devi.

The company plans to expand its 4G footprint to over 100 towns across Jammu & Kashmir. Airtel 4G has been rolled out in J&K using FD LTE technology in the 1800 MHz band.

Customers can enjoy Airtel 4G across a range of smart devices including 4G compatible smartphones and 4G hotspots. Airtel 4G will allow customers to experience uninterrupted HD video streaming, superfast uploading and downloading of movies, music and images. Airtel has been rated as India’s fastest mobile network by Ookla – the global leader in broadband testing and web-based network diagnostic applications. This latest recognition, furthers cements Airtel’s position as India’s best smartphone network that consistently enables a superior online experience for customers.

“We are pleased to launch our 4G services in the state of Jammu & Kashmir and look forward to delighting customers with best in class services on India’s best smartphone network. We invite customers to avail the exciting data offers and get on to the digital superhighway. We remain committed to the Government’s digital vision for the State and will continue to invest in expanding our services,” said Raveendra Desai, COO – J&K, Bharti Airtel.

Airtel 4G services are available at 3G prices. Customers can upgrade to 4G SIM for free and choose from a range of exciting Prepaid and Postpaid plans that offer generous dollops of high speeds data. For more details visit www.airtel.in/4G.

As part of Project Leap, Airtel has been deploying state-of-the-art technology solutions for better indoor coverage and network optimization; overhauling legacy networks with new equipment and making investments in additional spectrum and fiber to significantly improving its network capabilities across the country since last year.

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Idea Launches 4G Service In West Bengal

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Idea Cellular today announced the availability of its 4G services in West Bengal circle starting with towns like Bardhaman, Krishnanagar and Arambagh. By April’17, the company plans to expand its 4G services to cover more than 30 towns in the circle, including the major towns of Durgapur, Asansol, Kharagpur, Haldia, Behrampur, Siliguri.

Idea 4G services includes high speed 4G services, along with the bouquet of its digital applications – Idea Music Lounge, Idea Movie Club and Idea Game Spark.

Idea has also launched Digital Idea, a suite of digital applications for the on-the-move consumers of West Bengal. As part of the Digital Idea offerings, the company will offer a suite of 3 entertainment apps – Idea Music Lounge, Idea Movie Club and Idea Game Spark for its over 6.3 million customers in the circle.

“Idea has consistently invested in network expansion to become a pan-India wireless broadband operator, readying our 200 million customers for the Digital era. Idea has grown to become the 3rd largest operator in West Bengal, in the shortest span of time, on the back of rapid network expansion and growth in market share. We are confident that 4G services will further boost our market presence and enable a digital lifestyle for the people of the region,” said Anish Roy, COO – Corporate, Idea Cellular.

According to Mr. Mukul Sharma, Circle Head – West Bengal & Kolkata, Idea Cellular, “Idea has a strong market presence, network coverage, distribution and customer service in West Bengal. We are happy to launch our world class high speed 4G services for over 6.3 million Idea customers in the region catering to their ever growing infotainment needs. Starting with Bardhaman, Krishnanagar and Arambagh today, we will be expanding our services to cover more than 30 towns by April ‘17.”

Idea has introduced a range of attractive offers including tariff packs and digital content for its users in West Bengal. From hourly 4G data packs priced at Rs. 21 and free data with unlimited calling on 4G handsets – Idea offers a range of products for all category of users. As an introductory offer, Idea is also offering complimentary SIM upgrade with 2GB 4G data valid for 14 days.

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Airtel Inks Deal With Nokia For 5G, IoT

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The next phase of growth is coming from a connected world and that is where the industry is heading today. Keeping that in Mind India’s largest telco Bharti Airtel today signed a deal with Nokia to create a strategic roadmap for network evolution to the new technology standard and management of connected devices.

Under a new agreement, Nokia and Airtel will collaborate to drive the definition and development of these new services with a focus on taking the path to 5G network connectivity. This effort will build on 4G in the most efficient way in terms of power, operations, and cost effectiveness, and with the highest level of quality and reliability.

“Airtel has always been a pioneer in rolling out the latest technologies to deliver a superior experience to its customers. 5G and IoT applications have tremendous potential to transform lives and we are pleased to partner with Nokia to enable these future technologies for our customers,” said Abhay Savargaonkar, Director – Network Services (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel.

Nokia and Airtel will leverage Nokia’s 5G FIRST end-to-end 5G solution including AirScale radio access portfolio and AirFrame data center platform to demonstrate 5G capabilities and simulate use cases of 5G extreme broadband and ultra-reliability and low latency communication.

“After our successful association with Bharti Airtel for 2G, 3G and 4G technologies, we are proud to partner to prepare for the future of mobile networks. We will leverage our global experience in 5G-related industry projects and collaborations to enable Bharti Airtel to prepare their networks for greater capacity, coverage and speed,” said Sanjay Malik, head of India Market, Nokia.

Jointly both the companies would conduct workshops to devise a strategy for transition towards 5G and how that can be leveraged for enterprises and other services. They will also optimize spectrum by proper assessment of the relevant spectrum.

5G promises to enable dramatic improvements in peak data speeds, network latency and agility, as well as the ability to enable new capabilities such as network slicing. This will allow operators to support a growing number of customers and potentially billions of connected IoT devices with consistent quality of service, laying the foundation for smarter cities and rural communities, connected vehicles, industrial automation, remote healthcare and a myriad of business possibilities.

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Ericsson And Vodafone Conduct 5G Pre-Commercial Trials Across The US

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US telecom operator Verizon and Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson have joined hands and doing pre-commercial trials of 5G technology in various cities  across the US. The fixed wireless, pre-commercial customer pilots, scheduled to begin in the 1st half of 2017, will enable the refining of an end-to-end 5G network using a mixture of new technology and existing Verizon infrastructure.

By working closely with Verizon, Ericsson has been able to identify deployment challenges and develop the techniques required for a quick and scalable deployment.

“Verizon is driving the commercial deployment of 5G with the collaboration and innovation of the Verizon 5G Technology Forum, including partners like Ericsson. This partnership keeps us on-track to be first to bring 5G to Verizon customers,” said Ed Chan, Senior VP, Technology Strategy and Planning at Verizon.

Ericsson believes there would be around 550 million 5G users in next five years and in North America alone, there would over 100 million such customers.

The end-to-end 5G pre-commercial customer pilot begins in the subscriber location. Fixed wireless subscribers will use a variety of applications, many of them centered on video, bi-directional and/or low-latency. Ericsson has been field testing various applications across the 5G network to evaluate the application behavior.

Arun Bansal, Head of Business Unit Network Products at Ericsson, says: “Ericsson 5G Radios have been providing multi-gigabit speeds into subscriber locations by using advanced radio techniques. For example, beamforming can be used to find the best path for the 28GHz radio signal to reach the user.”

5G technologies in both the radio and the core network will enable operators to provide new services to their customers due to higher bandwidth and lower latency. The fully virtualized core enables network slicing, with fixed being the first slice of many for the next generation core network.

Verizon’s pre-commercial customer pilot will span multiple deployment scenarios, geographies and RF morphologies. New techniques are being developed in order to meet the constraints associated with massive 5G small cell deployments. The learnings from the pilot are vital to a scalable deployment.

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Airtel 4G Rolled Out In 400 Towns Of Maharashtra And Goa

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Bharti Airtel today said it has expanded its 4G presence to two more states- Goa and Maharashtra. With this Airtel 4G will be available in more than 400 towns across these two states and can be accessed over mobile phones, 4G MiFi and dongles.

As part of network roll-out, the company has deployed fresh 4G network capacity in the 1800 MHz spectrum band (using FD LTE technology standard) to supplement existing 4G capacity in the 2300 MHz spectrum band (using TD LTE technology standard).

With this, Maharashtra and Goa join a select group of states in India to enjoy the power of an integrated 4G network using TD and FD carriers. The combination of TD LTE and FD LTE significantly boosts network capacity and delivers a better mobile broadband experience to customers across Maharashtra and Goa through better network coverage and data speeds.

“We have rolled out a future ready network across Maharashtra and Goa, with enhanced capacity and latest technology. The addition of the second 4G carrier in the 1800 MHz band will enable faster data speeds and better coverage for customers and add to their mobile data experience on our network. We have also expanded our 4G network presence to over 400 towns across the two states under Project Leap and remain committed to the digital vision of the two states. We invite customers to get on to the information superhighway with Airtel 4G,” said Vidur Rattan, Chief Executive Officer – Maharashtra & Goa, Bharti Airtel.

To avail the complimentary upgrade to Airtel 4G, existing Airtel customers with 4G ready mobile devices can walk into their nearest Airtel Store and switch to a 4G SIM and get one-time free 4G data up to 10 GB.

Airtel recently also launched the new version of its MyAirtel App – the one app for all apps. The refreshed MyAirtel App will offer the best of music, movies games, LIVE TV, e-books, chats and much more in one place. Users can also enjoy free 2GB cloud backup with the new Airtel Cloud app and free calling with Airtel Dialer.

Airtel is offering multiple data plans for its customers – both prepaid and postpaid – in these two states. For example 3GB 4G data on recharge of Rs 349 on prepaid plan and 3GB 4G data on all MyPlan postpaid plans. With Airtel 4G the company also runs some schemes on 4G smartphones. Monthly plans for 4G devices start from Rs. 450 and customers can also avail the advance rental plans starting from Rs. 3200 to avail their new device free of cost.

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Idea Gives You Lots Of Data If You Buy 4G Phone From Flipkart

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You should not be surprised if you find telecom operators doling out lots of freebies or at least free data these days. The latest to join is Idea Cellular that today announced to offer 15 GB of 4G data for the cost of 1 GB if someone buys a 4G handset from Flipkart.

Starting this new year, the company said, customers upgrading to the latest range of 4G smartphones exclusively available through the Idea website will qualify for the scheme. Besides, the same customers will also get other benefits like special exchange offers and plans, from Flipkart.

This offer runs till March 31, 2017. It can be recalled that Reliance Jio’s free data offer also runs till that date.

Apart from these offers Idea customers will also get a mega 70% discount on the purchase of accessories such as 10,000 mAH power banks, Idea said in the statement.

“With 4G ecosystem evolving, Idea aims to get more and more customers to join the digital bandwagon and experience Idea’s best in class mobile broadband services across the country. The integration with Flipkart will enable Idea users to access a wide-range of high quality 4G smartphones with unmatched offers and data benefits upto 15GB for the price of 1GB,” said Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular.

“As more and more Indians are upgrading to 4G enabled smartphones, mobile data consumption is expected to rise significantly in the years to come. By way of this association, we are looking at enabling a billion Indians easy access to latest technology bundled with great data offers enabling customers to make the most out of their purchase,” said Ajay Yadav, Head – Mobiles, Flipkart.

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Airtel Upgrades Network In Delhi; Expect Less Call Drops

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You are set for less call drops and better indoor coverage in Delhi-NCR, provided you are an Airtel subscriber, as the country’s largest telco has upgraded and added more spectrum for its network in the region.

With this, the company claims, customers would get 4G like data speeds even on 3G, thanks to the dual carrier technology. This upgradation will add significant capacity for voice and data, enhance overall network experience through improved stability and coverage, Airtel today said in a statement.

As part of the network upgrade, a part of its Project Leap initiative, Airtel has deployed state of the art ‘Dual Carrier’ technology to combine the spectrum capacities of two 5MHz carriers in the 2100 MHz band. Airtel is the first mobile operator to deploy ‘Dual Carrier’ technology in Delhi NCR.

‘Dual Carrier’ technology significantly boosts network capacity through highly efficient usage, and delivers a superior mobile experience in the form of faster data speeds, better voice quality, and improved network coverage – indoors and outdoors.

The highlight of ‘Dual Carrier’ technology deployment is that customers will be able to enjoy 4G like data speeds even when they are on the 3G. The technology will also help in optimising the backend engagement between the network and mobile devices, enabling customers to enjoy extended battery life on their mobile devices. With this deployment, Airtel will now offer the widest 4G experience across Delhi-NCR.

“Airtel has consistently set the benchmark, when it comes to deployment of latest technology to improve customer experience. With ‘Dual Carrier’ technology, we will be able to deliver a seamless 4G experience across NCR. We would like to thank our customers for their cooperation during the network upgrade and invite them to experience our network,” said Ravindra Singh Negi, CEO – Delhi/NCR, Bharti Airtel.

Airtel is the largest mobile operator in Delhi NCR with 11.43 million customers and offers 4G, 3G and 2G services in the Capital city.

As part of Project Leap, Airtel has been deploying state-of-the-art technology solutions for better indoor coverage and network optimization; overhauling legacy networks with new equipment and making investments in additional spectrum and fiber to significantly improving its network capabilities across the country since last year. Airtel was also the first operator in the country to deploy ‘Carrier Aggregation’ technology that combines capacities of spectrum in 2300 MHz (TD-LTE) and 1800 MHz (FD-LTE) and delivers data speeds on up to 135 Mbps with compatible handsets.

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Airtel Rolls Out Jio Like But Better And Bigger Data Offer

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Country’s largest telco Airtel today came out with an offer that non-Airtel customers would find hard to refuse. Starting tomorrow it offers free 4G data for an entire year for every new customer who subscribes or upgrades to Airtel 4G. Besides, all voice calls are also offered free for the entire 12 months.

In contrast Reliance Jio’s ‘free’ offer ends on 31 March, if it does not extend it further.

So, how’s the Airtel scheme slated?

The 12 months offer is available to any customer with a 4G mobile handset that is currently not on the Airtel network. Any customer, including existing Airtel customers, upgrading to a new 4G handset can also avail this offer.

This offer will be available to customer across India starting tomorrow and will close on February 28, 2017.

In this scheme customers will get free 3GB data every month till December 31, 2017 with select Prepaid and Postpaid packs. This free data benefit will be over and above the pack/plan benefits.

The 12 month free data offer is applicable to prepaid as well as post paid customers.

In prepaid offer, customers with any 4G mobile handset who are not on the Airtel network or upgrading to a new 4G device, can enjoy 3GB free data, in addition to the regular pack benefits with Airtel’s Rs. 345 prepaid recharge. The pack will offer free calls – Local and STD – to any network in India plus 4GB data that includes 1GB regular pack benefit + 3GB free data.

The first time free 3GB data benefit can be availed through MyAirtel app and data benefits on subsequent recharges will be instant. The pack benefits will be valid for 28 days and can be availed for a maximum of 13 recharges till December 31, 2017.

For Postpaid, customers with any 4G mobile handset who are not on the Airtel network or upgrading to a new 4G device, will now get 3GB free data per month, with all MyPlan Infinity plans. This is in addition to regular plan benefits which includes unlimited free voice calling – Local/STD/Roaming, generous bundles of data, free SMS and free subscription to Wynk Music and Wynk Movies.

For instance, the Rs 549 Infinity plan will now offer unlimited free calling plus 6 GB data that includes 3GB regular data + 3GB free data per month along with other pack benefits to customers under this offer. The Rs 799 Infinity plan will offer unlimited free calling plus 8 GB data which includes 5 GB regular data + 3GB free data per month along with other pack benefits to customers under this offer.

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Airtel V-Fiber Broadband Service Launched In Indore

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Bharti Airtel’s superfast broadband service V-Fiber that offers data speed of up to 100 mbps has reached Indore. The company launched the service in the city on Monday.

Existing broadband customers of Airtel in the city just need to upgrade to a V-Fiber compatible modem, supplied by Airtel, and the service is ready to be consumed. Portrayed as  a green technology V-Fiber does not require any digging or change of wiring needed within customer premises. Existing customers can upgrade to ‘V-Fiber’ speeds at no extra charge; activation charges will be fully refunded if a customer is not satisfied within the first month of service.

New customers can avail the 3 month unlimited offer and subsequently choose exciting V-Fiber plans starting from Rs. 999. Existing and new customers can register their requests at www.airtel.in/vfiber or call on 18001030121.

Airtel is the first operator in India to deploy Vectorization technology, which turbo charges the last mile copper with advanced noise elimination technology (just like in audio systems) to deliver superfast data speeds. With V-Fiber, Airtel has brought fiber into colonies & neighborhoods and upgraded exchanges.

“We are delighted to bring ‘V-Fiber’ to our customers in Indore, as part of our endeavour to deliver best-in-class broadband experience to users. With ‘V-Fiber’, we are all set to offer an altogether transformed experience on our future ready network to the digitally savvy homes. This solution offers a very quick and convenient upgrade to the customer. Our innovative myHome Rewards program and free voice calling facility will certainly add to the delight of Indore’s Digital Homes. We invite all our customers in the city to experience our superfast broadband speeds,” said Dharmender Khajuria, CEO – Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh, Bharti Airtel.

Indore is the fifth city where Airtel has launched the V-Fiber broadband service. The other cities are Chennai, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Pune.

 

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Airtel Takes V-Fiber To Ahmedabad, Plan Starts From Rs 999

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Bharti Airtel today launched its ‘V-Fiber’ broadband services – that claims to provide data speed of up to 100 mbps – in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The service, based on vectorization technology, was first launched in Chennai two months back and the company had then said it will be rolled out in other cities in coming times.

Early this week the V-Fiber service was launched in Mumbai.

The company said existing Airtel broadband customers can upgrade to ‘V-Fiber’ speeds at no extra monthly cost. The V-Fiber plans start from Rs 999 and if they are not happy with the service within one month, the company said it will refund the modem charges and the amount will be adjusted in the next bill cycle. Besides, new customers can avail the 3 months unlimited offer. In Mumbai, the company offers the same service for Rs 899.

‘V-Fiber’ is a green technology and does not require new wiring, drilling,one simply needs to upgrade to a new ‘V-Fiber’ modem.

“We are delighted to bring ‘V-Fiber’ to our customers in Ahmedabad, as part of our endeavour to deliver best-in-class broadband experience to users. With ‘V-Fiber’, we are all set to offer an altogether transformed experience on our future ready network to the digitally savvy homes. This solution offers a very quick and convenient upgrade to the customer. Our innovative myHome Rewards program and free voice calling facility will certainly add to the delight of Ahmedabad’s Digital Homes,” said Murthy Chaganti, CEO – Gujarat, Bharti Airtel.

Airtel is the first operator in India to deploy Vectorization technology, which turbo charges the last mile copper with advanced noise elimination technology (just like in audio systems) to deliver superfast data speeds. With V-Fiber, Airtel has brought fiber into colonies & neighborhoods and upgraded exchanges.

The company also announced the launch of unlimited free voice calling for all broadband customers. The facility is now available across broadband plans and customers can make unlimited free voice calls to any network across the country at no extra cost.

Airtel V-Fiber deployment is a part of Airtel’s nationwide network transformation initiative – Project Leap started last year. Under the initiative, Airtel is also augmenting its 550,000 Kms of domestic & international fiber/submarine cable capacity in order to drive down latency, improve customer experience and serve the growing demand of data services in years to come. The Company is also increasing caching of content at its data centres to improve data experience for customers.

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