Just wait for September 2014 you will see 4G in all Indian states, after that just wait one more quarter you will see cheaper 4G handsets and if everything goes by the plan then be sure that you may see 4G more popular than 3G in India by the end of 2015. Qualcomm, the leading smartphone chip makers made it clear that they are working on a cheaper 4G chips for smartphones.
4G though available in India in few cities but hardly it can be experienced by common Indian. Airtel was the first to bring 4G LTE on Mobile in India. They started 4G services in Bangalore but it was limited to those who use Apple iPhone 5S or Apple iPhone 5C. Reliance Jio which is joint venture of Jio Infocomm and Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries is also ready to roll out their 4G services by the end of Q3. The major problem 4G is facing is the lack of 4G handset available in India. There is not a single mid range 4G compatible phone in the Indian market right now.
Leading chip-maker Qualcomm is being approached by many Handset and original equipment makers (OEMs) with a subject of 4G chip of affordable price. Below are the words from Sandeep sibal which he said to BS when asked over this matter.
“We are in talks with various smartphone OEMs and operators to bring a wider range of 4G LTE smartphones to the Indian market. Qualcomm is working closely with almost every OEM. The top tier of 4G LTE smartphones is already in place, the mid-tier is gaining momentum and mass market availability is likely within the next year,”said Sandeep Sibal, country manager and vice president, Qualcomm India & South Asia.
“India is witnessing a mobile data storm with consumers demanding 24×7 mobile Internet, operators expanding their 3G and 4G LTE networks, and OEMs focusing onlaunching 3G and 4G LTE smartphones. While 4G LTE will take some time to buildscale, 3G smartphones are already available at affordable price points,” he added.
On 16 October 2012 Huawei and Bharti Airtel all together with Qualcomm announced to join hands for multi mode 4G LTE-TDD smartphones. “We are excited to collaborate with Bharti Airtel and Huawei to announce the first multi-mode LTE-TDD smartphone in India. With this significant milestone, consumers in India will have the choice of enjoying high-speed mobile broadband experience using an LTE smartphone,” said Dr. Avneesh Agrawal, senior vice president and president of Qualcomm India and South Asia.
Now when the government in India also got a major change and market is in happy mood, we can definitely hope for some more good news for telecom sector.
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