The long wait for fast wireless broadband services is finally getting over at east for people of Madhya Pradesh where Augere, a UK based company which provides wireless broadband services, will launch its 4G services using TD LTE services beginning January. Augere had won BWA (broadband wireless access) spectrum for Madhya Pradesh circle last year.
Bhopal will be the first city in India to get the fourth generation mobile telephony services in January followed by other important cities in the region like Indore, Raipur, Gwalior and Durg in the next three months. Other cities and towns will get the services during the course of the year.
Augere has selected Ericsson for network roll-out and maintenance. The TD LTE technology is capable of speeds up to 100 Mbps and is backwards compatible with 3G (CDMA as well as GSM) which means that customer will be connected to 3G where 4G network is not available.
Lars Stork, chief executive officer of Augere Wireless broadband India, said, “We are delighted to be one of the first wireless broadband service providers to announce our plans for the launch of 4G services in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. LTE is a new technology that will enable us to offer high speed and a quality customer experience through 4G wireless broadband services”.
Reliance Industries in the only pan India player in this space and will determine what the pricing of the services will be given the sheer that they will have. Other winners include Aircel (8 circles), Tikona Wireless (5 circles), Airtel (4 circles) and Qualcomm (4 Circles).
Apart from Augere non of the operators have announced their plans for the 4G roll-out so far. However, it is almost certain now that LTE will be the technology that they will use.