After Kolkata and Bangalore, Airtel now to launch 4G services in Mumbai and Delhi. The carrier is in talks with mobile phone chip supplier Qualcomm to buy its 4G licenses in the two metro cities as well as in Kerala and Haryana for Rs 5000 crore.
Qualcomm holds the license of these four circles for BWA (Broadband Wireless Access) i.e. 4G.
It is learned that the deal between the two companies may be closed by next week to the earliest. A report quoting some sources said Qualcomm has asked for the said amount to Airtel for selling its BWA stake.
Airtel owns 4G spectrum in Karnataka, Kolkata, Punjab and Maharashtra (except Mumbai). The mobile service provider has already launched the service offering speeds up to 100 Mbps in Bangalore and Kolkata. The company may launch the 4G services next in Chandigarh and Pune.
Qualcomm won the 4G auctions in 2010 in support of LTE technology i.e. Long Term Evolution technology. The company earlier said it won't operate the network by themselves, but would rope in an operator for offering its licensed services.
The war of 4G has not begun. The dealing of Airtel and Qualcomm is just an introduction to the war in Indian mobile market. It is yet to see how other players such as Rliance, Aircel and others take the race when all the circles starts getting the said-to-be-4G-network.
Do you doubt whether this is the real 4G network? We covered a story on it last month. Below is the link:
4G LTE - How much, how good in Indian market?