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Airtel to launch 3G by year end

The operator is in advanced stage of discussion to offer all India coverage.

Bharti Airtel today announced that it will launch its 3G wireless data services before the end of 2010.
Airtel won the 3G spectrum in 13 of the 22 telecom circles across India which constitute 68% of Airtel’s revenue market share. These includes Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad, which account for 21% of all data traffic in the country and are expected to have the strongest uptake of 3G services.
The operator stated that it is also in advanced discussions with other ‘quality operators’ to offer 3G services to its customers across the country. Bharti will be deploying high speed HSPA networks provided by Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Network and Huawei.
Sanjay Kapoor, CEO – India and South Asia, Bharti Airtel said, “3G services will mark the beginning of the next phase of India’s telecom growth story and elevate India’s telecom sector at par with most advanced telecom markets in the world.”
Along with meeting the growing demand of high speed surfing and wireless entertainment, Airtel will introduce a suite of products in areas such as mobile commerce and mobile health.
Currently, Bharti Group is successfully running 3G broadband services in four countries – Sri Lanka, Jersey, Guernsey and Seychelles.

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