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Tikona Digital set to invest Rs.1,000 cr in its LTE network

|April 23 2012 |Industry News


Tikona Digital has just announced that it plans to invest Rs 1,000 crore over the coming two years so as to launch its data offerings on 4G LTE networks. The company already holds WiMax licenses which it had won in the 2010. It is thus licensed to offer 4G LTE services in five telecom circles in India. Other service providers holding similar licenses include Qualcomm and Aircel among others.

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Tikona’s Chief Executive Officer Prakash Bajpai has remarked that Tikona Digital is planning to combine both Wi-Fi and LTE services in the coming future.  What this means is that when you’re at home, network traffic on your mobile device will get “bypassed to Wi-Fi”. And when you’re outside home, your device will connect to the LTE network. Thus, the user can enjoy the benefits of both the high-speed network services. Also, cost distribution is improved, giving a very powerful combination. The devices will be provided connectivity as well as user authentication. The LTE/Wi-Fi combo will track the usage pattern of the consumer. Bajpai explains that approximately 80% of data usage occurs when the user is indoors and in a stationery position. Obviously, no one performs data-heavy activities like watching YouTube videos while they are driving or walking. Thus, indoor high data usage will be well-supported by the capable Wi-Fi networks.

LTE, which stands for Long Term Evolution, shall offer network speeds approximately 4-5 times higher than that offered by prevailing 3G networks in India.  India is also among the first few nations to get the 4G LTE networks- LTE is still in the evolution phase in several developed countries.


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