(Last Updated On: February 22, 2016)

India’s leading telecom operator has become India’s first telecom company to deploy the fast LTE-Advanced 4G+ network on its live 4G network.

The LTE-A 4G+ network is based on carrier aggregation technology and Airtel has deployed it on TD LTE (2300 MHz) and LTE FDD (1800 MHz) spectrum. With this deployment, Airtel now joins the select few telcos across the world that use this technology for better spectrum utilization and efficiency.
The company is also boasting that using this carrier aggregation technology, it achieved speeds of 135 Mbps during the network tests in Kerala.

What Is Carrier Aggregation?

Carrier aggregation does what its names suggests. This technology combines the capacities of various LTE carriers within the same of different spectrum bands. This not only improves network efficiency, but also delivers a superior user experience with ultra-fast data.
This deployment of LTE-A 4G+ network comes as a part of Airtel’s Project Leap. Through this project, Airtel aims to improve the network quality and coverage area by deploying more network sites across the country with an estimated capital expenditure of Rs. 60,000 crores spread over the next 3 years.

“This is a game changer for mobile broadband in India. Airtel has pioneered 4G deployment in India and we are delighted to raise the innovation benchmark to deliver a world-class experience to our customers. Our strong 4G footprint and a rapidly maturing device ecosystem, will now allow us to deliver the next level of high speed mobile data services on our network,” said Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO at Bharti Airtel, India & South Asia.

It is worth noting that every single day of delay in the launch of Reliance Jio 4G would cost it a lot in terms of user base. The incumbent players like Vodafone, Idea, and Airtel are already coming up with attractive 4G data plans to hook up the users on their network, thus making the game more difficult for Reliance Jio each day.
Reliance Jio 4G is expected to be launched either by the end of February or by early March. No new information has surfaced regarding the new launch dates, so we’ll assume that there is no change in their plan.