BSNL and Bharti Airtel have launched 4G services.
To say the additional features of 4G as compared to 3G services, 4G offers much higher internet speed as compared to 3G. 4G technologies provides substantial level of improvement in performance and capabilities as compared to the 3G technology in terms of higher data rates. For example higher resolution video works better in 4G Technology in comparison to 3G.
BSNL has rolled-out WIMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) based 4G services in the rural areas of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Tamilnadu (including Chennai), Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Hayana, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, North East, Assam, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh (East), Uttar Pradesh (West) and West Bengal (excluding Andaman & Nicobar) service areas, which also include the new states of Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Chhatisgarh. BSNL has also rolled out WIMAX (4G) services in the urban areas of Kelara and Pubjab circles.
Bharti Airtel Ltd. has launched 4G BWA services hased on LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology in Kolkata service area.
The wireless broadband services have been rolled-out by BSNL. Despite of its best efforts, MTNL could not find a partner for rollout of BWA services on Franchisee model (revenue sharing basis), company has written to Department for surrender of BWA spectrum.
In view of the Hon’ble Supreme Court Judgement dated 2nd February, 2012, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has made its Recommendations dated 23.04.2012 on ‘Auction of Spectrum’. These are under consideration of the Government.
The above details are compiled from the written reply to a question in the Parliament by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology .