Airtel gearing up for 4G launch in Delhi

Airtel is reportedly testing its 4G services in the Indian capital and will soon be launching the services – our sources in the company have claimed.

Bharti, which already has BWA licenses in Karnataka, Kolkata, Maharashtra and Punjab doesn’t have licenses for Delhi but, it will be rolling out the services on behalf of Qualcomm – thanks to a deal the company signed back in 2012. The mobile processor company won licenses for BWA spectrum or 4G services for Delhi, Haryana, Kerala and Mumbai.

Other telecom operators are already planning to roll out 4G services by the end of this year. Reliance has pan-India license and it has plans to roll out the services in Delhi by 2013. Videocon has license for seven circles including Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, UP East and UP west.

Airtel slashed its 4G prices in June stating that the move was one of the steps towards providing 4G services at a price point similar to that of the 3G services. Airtel intends to make the 4G “wireless broadband services more affordable” while also “stiffen the challenge for new competition.”

With the price cuts, base rates have been reduced from ₹650 to ₹450. Subscribers can also opt for data plans that include 2GB, 3GB and 4GB of free data usage and they will be only charged 3G prices of ₹450, ₹650 and ₹750 a month respectively for 4G speeds.