The China based telecommunications leader Huawei will soon be deploying 4G services on Airtel network and might launch the phone also very soon. Airtel had earlier this year released Long term evaluation 4G networks in Kolkata and Bangalore but the facility was only available through USB dongles and has not been yet serviced to work with any of the phones. To make a quick progress, Airtel appointed Huawei to make the plans, do the designing and providing supplying and deploying utilities for its LTE network in Karnataka.
As Victor Shanxin, president for Huawei devices in India remarks, the company is ready with the phone (Ascend P1 LTE) and if the operator would grant, the phone will be launched by the end of the year. So, the launch date depends on the network service provider, i.e Airtel. He further stated that the company has got some big plans for India when it plans to focus on open market than only doing the business through tie-ups. They have their local R&D centers where services are developed locally. “We are also quietly building a supply network before we decide to market ourselves better so that when people see our devices in advertisements and want to buy them, they can do so easily,” he said. Huawei hopes to attain atleast 5% of the total market share by the end of the next year.
The 4G LTE users will experience a high speed wireless internet access, better than what 3G offered by overcoming its bandwidth limitations, thus offering high definition video conferencing, live video streaming and super speed browsing. Airtel won BWA licenses in Kolkata, Punjab, Karnataka and Maharashtra in 2010 and they lauched 4G LTE services in Kolkata last month. Huawei being partners with Airtel will now assist the provider to extend this new network technology in other Airtel circles.
Huawei, chiefly known for making telecom equipment and developing networking technologies has been trying to diversify its business lately. Entering the smartphone market, according to Gartner, Huawei has sold more phones than companies like Motorola and Sony Ericsson in 2011. However, in India, the company does not wish to engage in the price wars with local players like Micromax and Karbonn Mobiles. Principally relying on quality than the low price tag, it believes that customers in India will eventually realize the importance of a good quality product rather than a cheaper price value.