Telenor in talks for nationwide expansion, trialling 4G on narrow spectrum band

24 Feb 2016

Norwegian-owned cellco Telenor India has revealed that it is involved in talks with an undisclosed provider to expand its operations nationwide from its current footprint of six circles, the Economic Times writes, citing CEO Sigve Brekke. The official added that Telenor is currently trialling a variant of LTE technology using a narrow band of just 1.4MHz of spectrum in Varanasi. Work on the technology has been underway for two years and aims to provide high speed mobile broadband using a fraction of the airwaves usually used for LTE, which typically requires at least 5MHz of contiguous spectrum. Wider deployment of the technology will depend on the results of the current trial, and Telenor has earmarked five to eight cities it hopes to cover with 4G over the next six months.

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