India launching first 4G mobile service

April 11, 2012 at 7:32 PM

KOLKATA, India, April 11 (UPI) -- Indian mobile telephone service provider Bharti Airtel says it is launching 4G service in Kolkata, the first broadband wireless access service in the country.

Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE will plan, design, supply and deploy the high-speed network in the city formerly called Calcutta and will also manage its services, China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported Tuesday.

The high-speed service, which can offer services such high-definition mobile TV and video conferencing, will be expanded to Pune in western India, Chandigarh in northern India and Bangalore in southern India in the near future, Bharti Airtel said.

Airtel paid $600 million in 2010 for broadband wireless access spectrum in Kolkata, Maharastra, Punjab and Karnataka.

The company was allocated 20 MHz of BWA spectrum in the 2.3 GHz frequency band suitable for transmitting signals for operating 4G services.

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