Indian global telecommunications company Bharti Airtel has deployed the country’s first commercially deployed LTE-Advanced (4G+) in Kerala, a technology that enables the operator to provide data speeds of up to 135 MBPS.
Airtel officials boasted this as a game changer for mobile broadband in India. By taking this step the operator is expected to raise the innovation benchmark to deliver a world-class experience to its users.
To achieve this feat, Airtel has tied up with Nokia Networks to deploy the carrier aggregation technology in Kerala. The operator used carrier aggregation technology, combining the capacities of TD LTE (2300 MHz spectrum band) and FD LTE (1800 MHz spectrum band), to deliver data speeds of up to 135 MBPS.
Carrier aggregation enables enhanced spectrum efficiency by combining capacities across multiple 4G carriers (same or different spectrum bands) to deliver ultra-fast mobile data speeds.
The deployment is a part of Airtel’s ongoing network transformation programme – Project Leap – under which Airtel plans to invest Rs 60,000 crore over the next three years.