BHARTI AIRTEL PLAN TO SHUTDOWN 3G SERVICES
Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecom service provider planning to shutdown 3G services in upcoming 3 or 4 years. “There is almost no spent that we are doing on 3G. Our view is in next 3-4 years we are likely to see 3G network actually shut down faster than 2G network because there are still 50 per cent of phone being shipped out in India that are feature phones,” Gopal Vittal, managing director and chief executive officer (CEO), India and South Asia, Bharti Airtel.
He said that company is investing in 4G technology to build more data capacity. Currently company is using 2100 MHz band for 3G services and 4G services. “Some of the older radios are pure 3G which we need to replace. It will take its time. I think that the answer for that will be function of how fast pick up of voice happens on VoLTE (4G voice call network). The moment that happens voice will not be required to be carried on 3G which can help refarm us 2100 Mhz for 4G,” Vittal said.