India's largest telecom operator by subscribers, Bharti Airtel, has launched 4G services in Bengaluru, making the city its second circle after Kolkata, and is gearing up to extend the service to its services in its remaining circles.
''As seen the world over, the total data usage is exploding and is doubling each year to grow to nearly 3.6 hexabytes by 2014. With the launch of 4G, India will move from being a follower in technology to matching the world in this domain,'' Bharti Airtel Chief Executive Officer (India & South Asia) Sanjay Kapoor said.
''Leading from the front, Airtel is now the only operator that gives subscribers in Bengaluru, access to entire spectrum of broadband services including 2G, 3G and now 4G - thereby giving the customers never seen before data experience,'' he added.
Besides offering rich content, Airtel 4G will allow superfast access to High Definition (HD) video streaming, multiple chatting and instant uploading of photos among others.
As part of an introductory offer by Airtel, customers subscribing to 4G services will get cash-back for the customer premise equipment or dongle - thus bringing device cost to customers zero and paving way for mass adoption of 4G services.
Airtel 4G is now also available in an all new 30 GB pack priced at Rs2,999.
In 2010, Airtel had won Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) license spectrum in Kolkata, Karnataka, Punjab and Maharashtra (excluding