The largest Telecom model in India by subscribers, Airtel additionally has considered one of the widest and most far-reaching networks by protection space. And like different older operators, the community has been constructed on providing 2G and 3G protection, earlier than an eventual switch to LTE connectivity. However, going ahead, it appears that evidently Airtel could also be wanting to lastly part out its older networks, and switch to an LTE-only setup.
The thought of solely providing LTE services might sound a bit unique to these with inexpensive non-LTE gadgets, however its an idea that Reliance Jio has already cracked. Among the latest full-fledged operators in the nation, Jio launched on a 4G-only community, having acquired spectrum just for 4G services. Considering that almost all telephones as we speak, together with price range choices, include 4G compatibility, this isn’t a problem. Jio has additionally launched its personal JioCellphone vary, 4G-compatible price range characteristic telephones to use on the community.
The trace of this comes via an interview given to ET by Gopal Vittal, CEO of Airtel. In the interview, Vittal steered that progress in demand for 4G services signifies that the firm could re-allocate the spectrum in the 900MHz band (at present used for 2G services) to LTE connectivity, whereas 1800MHz spectrum will proceed to serve 2G wants.
Further, 3G services are now not producing vital income, indicating that it could even be re-allocated to 4G. The re-allocation of the 900MHz band is reportedly already completed in Karnataka, and could be completed quickly in different circles as nicely.
WATCH: OnePlus 6T Hands On
This means, a big chunk of spectrum and assets can be used to enhance 4G connectivity, thus guaranteeing higher information speeds and voice name high quality, whereas legacy gadgets and comparatively distant areas stay served by small capabilities in 2G. 3G connectivity itself appears to now not serve a function since information could be dealt with by LTE and voice by 2G. If these plans undergo, we could quickly see Airtel be a part of Reliance Jio as a 4G-only operator, and this could additionally assist enhance information speeds on the Airtel community as extra assets are pressed into 4G connectivity.