Bharti Airtel has launched India’s first 4G Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) network in Kolkata, reports the Economic Times. Commenting on the launch, Bharti chairman Sunnil Mittal said: ‘High speed wireless broadband has the potential to transform India, provide a robust platform for building the country’s digital economy and truly empower people. With one of the largest pools of young population in the world, India will see massive growth in consumption of data and content over mobile devices and proliferation of mobile commerce. I look forward to Airtel playing a pivotal role in shaping this exciting future for India.’
As previously noted by CommsUpdate, Bharti is currently rolling out further LTE networks in the Karntaka, Punjab and Maharashtra circles and has signed up Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE, as well as Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and Ericsson for the development.