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After RIL, Aircel Postpones 4G Rollout: Report

After RIL announced that it plans to postpone 4G rollout in the country to 2014, Aircel also won't be launching its 4G service this year, reports Light Reading India. Speaking to the publication, Anupam Vasudev, Chief Marketing Officer said that he cannot comment on the final date of 4G launch on their network but the 4G service rollout is not happening in 2013. Aircel won BWA/4G spectrum in eight circles -- Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, North-East, and Jammu & Kashmir. Aircel also holds 3G spectrum in these circles. However, the company will have to launch its 4G service before mid-2015. Under BWA sepctrum license terms, if BWA license holders fails to cover 50 per cent of the rural area by 2015, the spectrum could be withdrawn. In October 2012, the Department of Telecom has asked companies BWA spectrum license to start offering services at the earliest. Interestingly, Vasudev mentions that the country is on the cusp of a data revolution and that in coming years data usage will explode. Currently, the company is waiting for the ecosystem to develop. There are very few 4G capable handsets available in the country. While the company has indicated that it wants the ecosystem to develop, we believe it could be cause it wants to wait and watch how its competitors fair in the price conscious Indian market. Bharti Airtel is offering 4G data plans cheaper than its 3G data plans although with caveat. Airtel has launched its 4G services in…

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