Every user of internet wishes to see a glitch free browsing, access mail, video and movie downloads and playing interactive games while on the move. The prophecy of Bill Gates more than a decade ago has become a reality today, even in India where the mobile internet has been a recent phenomenon. In his famous book Business@The Speed of Thought, written in 1999 ,the fifteen predictions related to mobile internet, various applications and smart devices, came true in less than ten years. In India the major mobile operator Airtel has been on the forefront to make these dreams come true for every Indian by launch of the 4G or LTE ( Long Term Evolution )Services across the country!
The erstwhile challenges of latency in the network, the poor user experience, frustration of not being able to download at decent speeds will now be a thing of past. I recollect the times when the modems used to be connected to a 2kbps telephone line and after a great struggle the modem would connect to the network and before anything substantial happens, the line got disconnected to start the process of reconnecting the computer all over again. Mobile internet was a distant dream but thanks to fore sighted operators like Airtel, who took the ‘bull by its horns’ and evolved the network. From TDMA( Time Division Multiple access),GSM( Global System for Mobiles, 2G), GPRS( General Packet Radio Switching- 2.5 G), EDGE(Enhanced Data GSM service, 3G), UMTS( Universal Mobile Telecommunication Systems- Up to 10 Mbps) to finally 4G( 90 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speeds) the journey of evolution has been remarkable! This has also accounted for the mobile subscribers outnumbering the fixed line users.
This has not been a mean achievement as the 4G networks require a large investment in capital costs to upgrade the existing networks on a new frequency domain including upgrading a host of other components. Airtel has put all its might behind to ensure that India does not lag behind the rest of the world in getting state of the art technology .
Those who have the device that supports 4G can approach Airtel to get the new 4G SIM to replace their current 3G SIM at no cost, delivered at the door step. The users can get the lightning speed of the 4G network instantly! Those who need for business can opt for unlimited plans ranging from Rs 999 to Rs 2999 per billing cycle with varying data usage in range from 3GB to 15 GB! Currently many cities in 12 circles have been covered by Airtel 4G network and more are getting added to increase the footprint ! No wonder Airtel(http://www.airtel.in/4g/.) is among the big league and currently the fourth largest mobile operator in the world!