Airtel deploys LTE-advanced 4G+ network in Kerala
Dated: February 22, 2016
Telecom legend Bharti Airtel has announced it has commercially deployed LTE-Advanced (4G+) in Kerala, which enables the operator to provide data speeds of up to 135 mbps. LTE Advanced is a technology where different 4G bands can be aggregated to get better spectrum efficiency as well as to offer very high-speed data. The deployment is a part of Airtel's Project Leap network transformation programme, under which Airtel plans to invest Rs. 60,000 crore over the next three years.
“This is a game changer for mobile broadband in India. Airtel has pioneered 4G deployment in India and we are delighted to raise the innovation benchmark to deliver a world-class experience to our customers. Our strong 4G footprint and a rapidly maturing device ecosystem, will now allow us to deliver the next level of high speed mobile data services on our network,” said Bharti Airtel Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (India & South Asia) Gopal Vittal.
Airtel has partnered with Nokia Networks to deploy the carrier aggregation technology in Kerala. The operator used carrier aggregation technology, combining the capacities of TD LTE (2300 MHz spectrum band) and FD LTE (1800 MHz spectrum band), to deliver data speeds of up to 135 MBPS.