According to the report, Huawei’s new smartphones with 4G LTE support will be available within six months in Indian market, priced less than INR10,000. Airtel India already been offering TDD-LTE services in some regions in India, Reliance Jio on the other hand plans to provide LTE bands by mid-next year through an integrated ecosystem since it already owns 1800MHz FDD-LTE and on 2300 MHz TDD-LTE spectrum.
In an interview to PTI, P Sanjeev, Director for devices sales, Huawei, said:
We are largest owner of essential patents for 4G technology. The essential patents are technology required to connect with 4G network. Within 3-6 months, we have plans to launch 4G handsets below Rs 10,000. The combination of our own patents and arrangement with other companies has helped us in making devices in affordable price range. We sell devices which mostly use our patent technologies.
3G connectivity is an older option now, 4G LTE is a new offering comes with high download speeds and upload as well and in India with Huawei, other LTE spectrum holders include, BSNL, Tikona and Augere. Once all these operators start offering 4G connections for smartphones, you can see a huge demand for 4G services as well in Indian market.
Nevertheless, there are already some mid-range smartphones that comes with 4G support in India, budget range 4G handsets have started their iteration into the Indian market. Juts a week ago, Microsoft released its new Nokia Lumia 638 windows Phone 8.1 handset with 4G LTE offering at just Rs. 8,299.
The Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi also launched Redmi Note 4G in India recently for Rs. 9,999, which is slated to go on sale this month end. Micromax’s YU launched “YUREKA” smartphone for Rs. 8,999. Available to buy in the second week next month (January 2015). Both the Xiaomi and Micromax phones support the current 2300MHz TDD-LTE (Band 40) and the upcoming 100 MHz FDD-LTE (Band 3) in India.