Airtel 4G LTE PAN India Spectrum Complete, May Skip 700Mhz Auction

Airtel 4G LTE PAN India SpectrumIndia’s Largest Telecom Operator, Airtel has acquired 2300MHz in 8 Circles from Aircel to complete Pan India 4G-LTE Footprint by virtue of combination of 1800Mhz and 2300Mhz contiguous spectrum blocks.

The acquisition of spectrum in three circles has been done at a total consideration of INR35bn (~4% of current net debt at the company). Aircel had paid INR 34bn for this spectrum in the 2010 auction, which implies a 47% premium that Bharti has paid when adjusted for residual life. The same spectrum has a reserve price of INR 44bn in the upcoming auction, so Bharti has only paid a 14% premium when adjusted for residual life vs this. The impending entry of Reliance Jio has (more…)

Bharti Airtel Bids for Videocon’s 4G LTE 1800 Band Spectrum

Airtel 4G LTE Spectrum Bid on VideoconSunil Mittal led Bharti Airtel announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire right to use 2X5 MHz spectrum in the 1800 MHz 4G LTE band from Videocon. This deal, if concluded, will mark Videocon’s exit from the telecom market. This deal happened amidst the cancellation of earlier sale of Videocon’s spectrum to Idea Cellular. The acquired spectrum in all six circles (valid until December 18, 2032) is contiguous in nature and can be used to offer LTE data services. The acquisition will further strengthen Airtel’s 4G LTE footprint, with LTE (both FDD and TDD) spectrum covering 93% of its overall revenue or 19 out of a total 22 circles.

Airtel will acquire Videocon’s spectrum (2X5 MHz in the 1800 MHz band) in six circles namely Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, (more…)

Why Airtel’s 4G Tariff Converge with 3G in some Circles ?

Realince Jio 4G LaunchedIn circles where Airtel offers 4G services, it now offers 4G-LTE data at the same tariff as 3G (in some higher-end dongle plans 4G is even cheaper than 3G). We believe this is a significant event in the life cycle of 3G in India. While we are yet to see any operator launch 4G on 1800 MHz, if the pricing here is the same as on 4G on 2300 MHz (very likely), we foresee a situation where 3G networks will be competing against newer networks of far superior capability (on speed, coverage and cost).

How Profitable is 3G Data Service as an Incremental Offering in India ?
While world over the experience on data profitability is not clear, Indian telcos have consistently claimed that the data business (more…)

How Reliance Jio / Airtel will Delpoy 4G Network Using FDD-LTE(1800MHz) & TD-LTE(2300MHz) ?

Airtel Reliance Jio 4G LTEReliance Jio Infocomm’s primary focus is 4G LTE and FTTH services. Pre auction, the biggest concern was Reliance Jio’s foray into telecoms and especially 900 MHz spectrum and 2G voice market. Reliance Jio has spent Rs111bn acquiring 1800 MHz spectrum of an average 5.6 MHz pair band across 14 circles in contiguous block. This will enable it to provide FDD LTE services along with TDD in 2300 MHz, including voice to non-RJIL networks. Likewise, Airtel has already rolled out 4G LTE Services in the 2300MHz band with CSFB Technology.

Our discussions with various Network Engineers (more…)

Latest Airtel 4G LTE Plans and Pricing

Here are the Latest Plans and Pricing Details of Airtel 4G LTE

4G LTE Access Devices Costs
Device Price (INR)
Indoor CPE with wi-fi 4999
4G Multi Mode Dongle 4999

Airtel 4G services are now available for customers with the following prepaid and postpaid plans:

Plan name

Rentals

Free usage quota

Charge after quota

Speed after quota completion

(INR)

(GB)

(INR)

(kbps)

Break free

999

6

Nil

128

Break free Max

1399

9

Nil

128

Break free Ultra

1999

18

Nil

128

Break free Ultimate

2999

30

Nil

128

Break free Supreme

4799

50

Nil

128

Airtel 4G LTE SmartBytes [Additional Bandwidth] Pricing

  • The ‘Smartbytes’ pack gives the flexibility to the customer to add to  his data transfer limit and continue browsing at subscribed speeds.

Plan name

Price

Free usage

Charge after quota

(INR)

(GB)

(INR)

3 GB

600

3 GB

Nil

5 GB

875

5 GB

Nil

10 GB

1500

10 GB

Nil

 

Airtel 4G LTE Live in Chandigarh, Mohali & Panchkula

India’s first 4G LTE Operator, Airtel has launched the 4G LTE Services in Tri-Cities of Chandigarh, Mohali & Panchkula. Airtel 4G will leverage the most advanced 4G LTE technology to deliver superfast access to data services for customers to stream High Definition (HD) videos, enjoy multiple chatting, instantly upload photos, download rich content and more.

Airtel 4G LTE Coverage maps in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula is available here

Speaking on the Occasion of launch, Jagbir Singh, CTO & Director of Airtel Said, (more…)

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