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[December 07, 2013]

4G drive in Kerala gaining momentum [Kochi] [Times of India]

(Times of India Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) KOCHI: High-speed internet access and content download will soon become a reality for mobile phone users in Kerala as two telecom majors are setting up infrastructure for their 4G (Fourth Generation) foray in the state. While Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJI), part of Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), is expected to launch 4G service in the state in late March or early April, Airtel, another leading player in the sector, is planning to introduce it here by mid-2014. According to sources, RJI is spending Rs 2,000 crore in Kerala to build the network requisite for the service, which could theoretically deliver a speed of up to 300 Mbps (megabits per second) and FTTH (fibre-to-the-home) fixed-line broadband. The roll-out, which has been planned in a phased manner, would first take place in Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Kannur, Thrissur, Kollam, Alappuzha, Cherthala and Palakkad. The company would set up 1,700 mobile towers initially and another 1,700 in the second phase across the state. In addition, RJI is laying 10,000 kms of fibre optic cables in three stages to serve wire-line broadband to homes. Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Kollam, Alappuzha, Kozhikode and Kannur are the towns the company is now focusing on. "Technologically and commercially, 4G is a quantum leap from the 3G service and the high speed offered by 4G will leverage e-learning and e-commerce. RJI has entered into a contract with the state government to network government offices across the state," said Venugopal K Nair, consultant of RJI and former director of Kerala state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau. Airtel, which is already offering 4G service in Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune and Chandigarh, has acquired Wireless Business Services (WBSPL), a company that holds 4G licence in Kerala circle, to launch this service in the state. While sources expect Airtel's 4G launch in Kerala to take place in July 2014, Vinodh Manohar, official spokesperson for the company, said Airtel hasn't set any 'concrete date' for the roll-out. Meanwhile, mobile phone sellers are of the view that the availability and pricing of 4G- compatible handsets would be a major factor in the success of 4G roll-out here. "Flagship phones of all major mobile makers are 4G compatible," said A Faizal, director of Kochi-based Ezyby.com, an online shop for electronic products. As per Jayanth Giridhar, director of multi-brand store chain Fridge House, sales of such phones are on the rise in Kerala. "Mobile phones are increasingly used as PCs for downloading games or searching information on the net. Hence the sale of 4G compatible models will grow," he noted.


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