With the launch of 4G LTE, Aircel has now become the second telecom operator after Airtel in India to offer the advanced 4G LTE services. Aircel won the auction for providing high speed data services across eight circles of Tamil Nadu, J&K, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, and North East. Aircel holds 20 MHz wireless band in the Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum of 2300 MHz.
In the words of Aircel India’s CMO Anupam Vasudev, “This launch comes within a month of our recent 4G LTE deployment in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and Odisha”. So, after this launch Aircel will have to work on providing the 4G services across the remaining circles of West Bengal and the North East.
As per the rules listed out during the auction, each player who holds a band in the BWA spectrum will have to launch 4G LTE services in at least 90% of the areas by 2015. Failure to do so might lead to DoT (Department of Telecom) withdrawing the right to transmit radio waves from that operator.
Airtel has already launched 4G in a few selected cities, but it is interesting to note that Reliance Jio Infocomm, who owns the majority of BWA spectrum bands hasn’t launched the 4th generation wireless services across even a single circle. We have reported earlier that Reliance Jio needed more testing time for checking the voice calling on its 4G services, and the actual launch date of the roll out will be some time around the middle of next year. Tikona Digital and Augere also hasn’t launched its 4G LTE (long term evolution) services in any of the market where its own BWA spectrum.
There is no word on the pricing of data plans as of now, but we are expecting Aircel to offer data plans at a very competitive price. We’ll update you with the details as soon as they are made public. Stay tuned!