Bharti Airtel selects ZTE to manage 4G network in Kolkata

Bharti Airtel has selected ZTE Corporation to plan, design, supply and deploy its 4G network in Kolkata, which will allow its subscribers to experience high-speed wireless internet access, an Airtel statement said

Bharti Airtel said it has roped in telecom equipment maker ZTE to manage its fourth generation (4G) technology based network in Kolkata, where the services are expected to be launched later this month.

Bharti Airtel has selected ZTE Corporation to plan, design, supply, and deploy its 4G network in Kolkata, which will allow its subscribers to experience high-speed wireless internet access, a statement said.

No financial details were disclosed. 4G services can support bandwidth intensive applications like video streaming and high-definition video conferencing.

“According to industry estimates, by 2016, 6% of all mobile connections will have 4G connection, which would create 36% of the total mobile data traffic, thus paving way for the ensuing data revolution,” Bharti Airtel CEO (India and South Asia) Sanjay Kapoor said.

The impending launch of 4G in the country will provide ultra high speed data access, driving fundamental changes in society at large, he added.

Bharti Airtel has already awarded the contract for building and operating its 4G network in Maharashtra to Nokia Siemens Networks.

Bharti Airtel had bagged broadband wireless access (BWA) licence to offer the services in four Indian telecom circles -- Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kolkata and Punjab.

The company had paid a total of Rs3,314.36 crore for licence and spectrum fees during an auction held in June 2010.

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Loop Mobile introduces mobile money transfer service

The service allows subscribers to make payments by sending a text communication, Loop Mobile said in a statement.

Loop Mobile said it has introduced a mobile money transfer service ''M WALLET'' in Mumbai.

The service allows subscribers to make payments by sending a text communication, the company said in a statement.

“Apart from serving as an easy alternative to cash/card payment options, we offer the convenience of instant money transfer to any mobile subscriber in the country,” Loop Mobile (India) chief operating officer Surya Mahadevan said.

Loop Mobile has launched the service in collaboration with electronic payment service provider ZipCash.

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