Airtel Deploys LTE Advanced In Bengaluru

LTE-advanced-airtelWhile the tussle between Reliance Jio and the incumbent operators is in its full stream, Bharti Airtel is busy in expanding and upgrading its 4G network. The company today announced that it has deployed LTE Advanced technology, called carrier aggregation across TD LTE and LTE FDD, in Bengaluru.

LTE Advanced offers better 4G experience and faster data speeds. Airtel said customers with mobile devices that support 4G Advanced will be able to enjoy 4G data speeds of up to 135 Mbps.

Bengaluru is the third city after Kerala and Mumbai to have LTE Advanced network deployed by Airtel.

Airtel launched its 4G services in Bengaluru in 2012 on the 2300 Mhz band using the TD LTE standard and recently added capacity on the 1800 Mhz band using FD LTE. With today’s rollout, Bengaluru is among the few cities globally to have high speed data services over 4G Advanced.

Under the carrier aggregation deployment, the capacities of TD LTE (2300 MHz spectrum band) and FD LTE (1800 MHz spectrum band) have been combined to enable better spectrum utilization and efficiency. In February 2016, Airtel deployed India’s first carrier aggregation in Kerala and the network achieved 4G data speeds of up to 135 Mbps on commercially available mobile devices.

“Airtel has led the rollout of 4G services in Bengaluru and with the deployment of 4G Advanced, we are taking a quantum leap in delivering a superior mobile broadband experience to our customers in the IT Capital of the country. With the additional network capacity, customers in Bengaluru can look forward considerably improved data speeds and better coverage,” said C. Surendran, CEO – Karnataka, Bharti Airtel Limited.

The LTE Advanced deployment is a part of Airtel’s ongoing network transformation program – Project Leap, under which Airtel plans to invest Rs 60,000 crores over the next three years to meet the growing demand of voice and high speed data services in India and deliver the best network experience to its customers.

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