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Bharti Airtel along with Apple has announced the launch of India’s first 4G on mobile services in Bangalore.
The company officials said, iPhone 5s and 5c customers will be able to use 4G services, as these phones support the 2300MHz TD-LTE band that Airtel is using for 4G services in the city. Other phones that support the 2300MHz TD-LTE band, like Airtel’s co-branded phone with Huawei, the Ascend P1 LTE, will also be able to enjoy the 4G services.
Notably, Airtel says 3G subscribers will be able to get 4G mobile Internet speeds at the same rate as their current 3G tariffs. To access the services, existing 2G and 3G subscribers will have to upgrade their SIM card to a 4G SIM card.
Airtel says while data browsing will be on 4G networks (where available), voice calls will be routed to 2G/ 3G networks ‘seamlessly’ with the CSFB (Circuit Switched Fall Back) technology. In addition to the regular 3G plans, Airtel also announced the launch of a new 4G plan for heavy data users, giving customers 10GB of 4G data for Rs. 1,000.
Airtel had launched India’s first 4G network in April 2012 in Kolkata, later expanding the service to Bangalore and Pune, though these have been data-only offerings till date.