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



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


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


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


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


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


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 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


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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Telenor Offers STD, Local Calls At 20 Paise Per Minute


Telenor India, taking its brand campaign ‘sabse sasta- sabke liye’ to a new level, today launched a tariff plan that offers local as well STD calls at just 20 paise per minute. This offer was introduced in Bihar & Jharkhand circle and the company claims it to be the cheapest tariff plan in that circle.

This is the lowest calling rate offered by any operator in Bihar & Jharkhand region and reinstates Telenor India’s persistent efforts to provide relevant products at the most affordable cost. The offer is valid with Special Tariff Voucher (STV) 15 with a validity of 28 days. With this, Telenor continues its focus on easy to understand and simple to use products and assures maximum value on every transaction.

“New Year celebrations are meant for social bonding, connecting with friends and family. With the lowest tariff across telecom industry at 20 paisa p/min for all local and STD calls, we are sure that our customers will get maximum benefit and enjoy their mobile experience during the year end festive season. In a period where cash supply is limited, customers also stand to gain with STV 15 as they can save on any calls made on the mobile network,” said Speaking on the launch of this offer, A E A Jameel, Circle Business Head – Bihar & Jharkhand, Telenor India.

Telenor India claims it is committed to drive affordability of telecom services among masses and it has been regularly launching innovative and value for money products. With these new products, the company reinstates its customer-centric focus and ‘Sabse Sasta – Sabke Liye’ value proposition. Customers can avail these offers at the nearest retail outlets, through online recharge from the Telenor India website, its mobile app or by simply dialling *222*7*15# from their mobile phones. Telenor has over 312 exclusive stores and more than 90,000 Point of Sale and serves nearly 9.6 million customers in the B&J circle.

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Airtel 4G Services Now Available In 21 Circles


Airtel expands its 4G reach, launches 4G services in Assam, announced exciting 4G offers such as pre-paid customers can enjoy 10 GB 4G data for just Rs 249.

Bharti Airtel today announcement the launch of its 4G services in Assam. The services, which went  in Dibrugarh & Tinsukia, will soon be available across the state. The customers in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia can enjoy high-speed mobile broadband on Airtel 4G and enjoy uninterrupted HD video streaming, superfast uploading and downloading of movies, music and images. Airtel 4G is available to customers across a range of smart devices including mobile phones, dongles and 4G hotspots.

With this launch, the company claims its 4G services are now available in 21 out of total 22 circles of the country.

Currently, Airtel 4G is being rolled out in Assam using TD LTE in 2300 MHz band. However, Airtel will also deploy state-of-the-art FD LTE technology in 1800 MHz band in the coming weeks to offer a superior mobile broadband experience to the customers.

Commenting on the launch, Sameer Anjaria, CEO, Airtel North Eastern States and Assam said, “We are absolutely delighted to launch our 4G services in Assam starting with the towns of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia. Our valued customers can now upgrade to 4G, free of cost and enjoy a high-speed mobile broadband experience on the Airtel network. With the launch, customers can also look forward to exciting data offers, and choose from a host of affordable tariff plans that offer great value.”

To encourage people in Assam to jump onto the 4G bandwagon, Airtel has announced exciting 4G offers. Prepaid customers can now enjoy 10 GB 4G data for just Rs 249 with any new 4G handset. With Rs 249 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.


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Telenor Introduces Unlimited Call, Data Offers In Gujarat


These vouchers will entitle Telenor users to enjoy unlimited free voice calls and Internet browsing.

Telenor India has announced an interesting offer for its customers in Gujarat. Its customers can now make unlimited local and national calls by subscribing to its new Special Tariff Vouchers (STV). These STVs, offer unlimited 2G internet to customers, also give them the best browsing experience and value for the money spent.

Telenor’s new STVs are unlimited voice and Internet products, which will be available in three different price points: STV 298, STV 198 and STV 108.

STV 298 will allow customers to make unlimited All India Calls on Telenor as well as other networks along with unlimited 2G internet browsing for 28 days. STV 198 will offer unlimited local and national calls on its own network, and unlimited 2G internet browsing along with 1000 minutes for calls on other networks. STV 108 will offer unlimited local and national calls on its own network with unlimited 2G internet browsing for 28 days.

“Telenor welcomes the New Year with the new products launched in unlimited segment, giving its customers more reasons to celebrate and connect with friends and family. We launch three different price points, offering customers’ flexibility to choose the product best suiting their usage along with unlimited 2G internet browsing with each of these packs. Telenor shall continue to redefine the value proposition, stay relevant to its customers with affordable products and services in coming years too,” said Rituraj Kalita, Circle Business Head, Gujarat Telenor India.

Customers can avail these offers at the nearest retail outlets, through online recharge at the company India website or the Telenor India mobile app. At present the operator has over 355 distributors, 315 exclusive stores and 46000 Point of Sale and serves nearly 8.4 million customers in the Gujarat circle.

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