Aircel launches India’s second 4G network

17 Jul 2014

Malaysian-backed cellco Aircel has become the second operator to launch 4G services in India, activating Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) networks in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar and Orissa, the Economic Times writes. Aircel’s chief marketing officer Anupam Vasudev commented on the launch: ‘The wireless broadband services offered will help customers transform their workplaces and homes into ‘smarter’ entities.’ Aircel follows on the heels of Bharti Airtel, which inaugurated the nation’s first LTE platform in April 2012. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that a third player in the form of new entrant Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RJIL) is planning to launch 4G services by September this year. Like Airtel and Aircel, RJIL will use spectrum in the 2300MHz range for a TD-LTE platform, but will augment this with a Frequency Division (FD)-LTE network using 1800MHz frequencies.

India, Aircel