Airtel’s 3G Will Be Dead in 3-4 Years, 2G/4G Will Survive: Gopal Vittal

Reliance Jio is the only company which gives only 4G service. It doesn’t offer 2G and 3G services. As the people are demanding speedier network to browse the internet fast, Reliance Jio introduced only 4G service. On the other side latest devices are also coming with 4G VoLTE feature and time may have come when the 3G services will be closed down. From this point of view, India’s leading telecom service provider Bharti Airtel is planning to shut down its 3G services and will continue with only 2G and 4G services, the information stated.

Informing more about this, Gopal Vittal, managing director and CEO, India and South Asia, Bharti Airtel stated that the company is not investing anything on its 3G services as it is planning to shut down 3G services faster than 2G network and will keep its 2G and 4G services. The reason behind this 50 percent devices that are coming in India is supporting only 2G network.  He further stated that now the company is investing more in 4G technology to build more data capacity in its 4G network. To increase its capacity, the company will use 2100 megahertz band which is used for 3G services.

In some telecom circle, Airtel has installed modern 3G equipment and theses can support 4G services. However, the company is palling to replace that equipment. Company’s older radios only support 3G services so gradually it will be replaced with new equipment. The voice pick on VoLTE network is very fast and a time will come voice will not be required to be carried on 3G network, Vittal further stated.

The report says, Airtel also announced that it would transfer its optical fiber business to its wholly owned subsidiary Telesonic Network which is cost around Rs. 5,650 crores. It is said that Airtel is taking this step to give a tough fight to Reliance Jio as now Jio has covered major telecom market in the India.



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