Tikona Internet service provider is to roll out its first 4G services in Gujarat and Rajasthan by early 2013. The company has won 4G (BWA) spectrum in five circles in India. The other three circles are UP-West, UP-East and Himachal Pradesh.
A recent report published in Economic Times says Tikona will be using TD LTE technology for its 4G network and it has invited for bids from vendors to set up the network in the two circles. The ISP has plans for spending of Rs 1,058 crore and would offer speeds up to 100 Mbps.
The other players in the 4G network in India are Airtel, Aircel, Reliance and Augere. Only Reliance has secured the 4G spectrum in all the circles of the country via its subsidiary Infotel Broadband services. Airtel has won the bid for Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai), Kolkata, Karnataka and Punjab. It has also recently bought stake in Qualcomm's BWA (broadband wireless access) for its spectrum in Haryana, Kerala, Mumbai and Delhi. Aircel has won rights for Orissa, West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, North East and J&K circles. Augere has only managed to get the Madhya Pradesh circle.
In May Airtel launched its 4G services in Kolkata and Bangalore as a trial phase, and is learned to be launching the same shortly in Chandigarh and Pune.
4G networks facilitates high-speed Internet browsing, video streaming in high definition quality, voice over LTE (long term evolution), location-based services and data downloading at 100GB per second speed.