Forget 3G; India set to move to 4G!

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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New Delhi, May 27: The world's second biggest market of mobile phones, India, is set to be dipped in the 4G frenzy! Leading industry and technology experts said that the country is all set to move on from 3G to 4G.

Experts participated at LTE India 2011 international conference organized by Bharat Exhibitions on Friday, May 27 in New Delhi, opinionated that the 4G technology, which is technically known as Long Term Evolution in mobile broadband, will change the way people connect to communicate.

"With mass adoption, lowest cost per bit, highest capacity, best user experience and a true global standard, the world is stepping into 4G expecting 380 million LTE subscribers and 80 plus LTE networks by 2015," said Sujit Bakre, Nokia Siemens Network head of 4G business development.

Speaking at the conference, Aircel's chief technology officer Mallikarjuna Rao said that India could lead LTE-TD broadband technology developments as lot of competence in this area is returning to India from outside.

While announcing Bharti Airtel's plan to change for LTE, company's VP for networks Puneet Garg put 2012 as the year of "next step towards a broadband wireless revolution using LTE."

Qualcomm and Huawei had set up a trial 4G network in Hyderabad. Experts emphasized that the LTE or 4G transition would be smooth in India using core set up of the 2G/3G networks. The 100 Megabits per second LTE service will offer unique consumer experience.

DOT, Ministry of Communications & IT, advisor (technology) J Gopal was guest of honour at the international conference, second one in the last two years on this latest development in mobile phone broadband technology.

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