Aircel has partnered with Chinese telco ZTE for starting and deploying 4G LTE services in India. ZTE, which is also providing 4G services in association with Airtel starting Kolkata and Chandigarh, would start rolling out 4G LTE services for Aircel starting from Chennai, rest of Tamil Nadu, few other business critical circles in coming years.

“We are happy to partner with Aircel to roll out their 4G LTE network in India. We are fully committed to plan, design, supply and deploy state-of-the-art LTE ecosystem which will help Aircel offer unprecedented experience to their customers. In the initial phase of our rollout, we aim to offer our customers some of the highest data speeds in the country — in excess of 65 Mbps,” said Xu Dejun, Chief Executive Officer of ZTE India.

“We believe that data is the growth engine of the future and a cutting-edge technology such as 4G LTE has the ability to empower consumers like never before. The huge demand for Internet-enabled devices such as smartphones and tablets among the largely young population, along with increase in consumption of data on Internet and rising demand for content are some of the factors fuelling the exponential growth in data,” said Anupam Vasudev, CMO, Aircel.

Even though Aircel has not declared the exact launch schedule of 4G services in the country, but Aircel’s 4G roll out is expected to be launched next year for sure. The company has owned 20 MHz spectrum on 2300 MHz in 8 circles including Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Assam, North-East and Jammu & Kashmir.

Airtel is the only telco in India which is providing 4G LTE services in the country. Staring with Kolkata, Airtel is currently rolling out 4G services in Bangluru, Pune, Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula at the moment, and looking forward to expand it to the other cities in coming days. The other telecom operators including Videocon, Reliance Jio are has also planned to join the suite in coming years.