Bharti Airtel launches 4G services

SRINAGAR: Telecom service provider Bharti Airtel commercially launched its fourth generation (4G) communications services in 296 towns across the country on Thursday.

“With the help of the feedback received from the beta launches, we have now built India’s first commercial 4G network that will make high speed mobile broadband a reality,” Gopal Vittal, managing director and chief executive officer of the company, said at the launch event in Gurgaon.

“The national roll-out today is another small step in our journey to be the most innovative and customer focused brand,” he said, adding that the company’s journey in 4G began with the launch in Kolkata in April 2012, followed by successive beta offerings in 51 cities. “The roll-out will take place in few weeks.”

Vittal said the company has a projection of $2.2 billion capital expenditure for 2015-16, but declined to divulge the details on the money spent and intended to be spent in offering 4G services.

So far, 4G is available in data format in India only.

Bharti has 230 million subscribers in 14 circles across the country.

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