India - Be Ready for 4G, coming soon by next year

Bored with 3G ? don't worry 4G is coming soon in india by next year!

4G is the fourth generation of cellular wireless standards, is about to hit the India market by next year. While some telecom operators in the country have already been carrying out trials for the launch of the next generation of mobile services, the process got an additional impetus yesterday with the telecom sector regulator, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), releasing a consultation paper to usher in the next era of high-speed wireless services.

Unlike the shortage of spectrum for the launch of 3G services which led to a delay in its launch, the spectrum for the launch of 4G services is readily available and can be auctioned, as was the case with the 3G spectrum.

Releasing the paper, the TRAI said, "As third generation (3G) systems are being deployed in India, many operators in developed countries are focusing on deploying further advanced system networks called IMT-Advanced to cater to the growing requirement of data, speed and content delivery."

In addition, According to the International Telecommunication Union, the apex global body for telecom-related subjects, the targeted peak data transfer speed for IMT-Advance technology will be up to 100 Megabit per second for high mobility and 1 Gigabit per second for low mobility.

This means that 4G technology will offer many advancements to the wireless market, including down-link data rates well over 100 Mbps, low latency, very efficient spectrum use and low-cost implementation. At least 40 MHz is required for successful operation of 4G technology. The 4G technology roll will put India among the select group of countries which offer this technology, even though the country remains a very late entrant into the third generation 3G technology.

Accidentally some telecom operators in the country purposely stayed out of the 3G auction last year, which fetched the government exchequer over Rs 66,000 cr, as they had the knowledge of 4G technology coming soon and thought it wise to be part of the latest technology which would be much faster than the 3G technology. 

Once operators start rolling out 4G services, the users can look forward to an ultra-broadband Internet access, IP telephony, improved gaming experience and faster downloads.

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