3G services to remain attractive in India despite 4G: Ericsson
Barcelona: European telecom equipment maker Ericsson has said 3G will continue to remain an attractive choice for data in India despite the launch of 4G services as there is a large scale deployment of third generation technology.
"The ecosystem plays a large role in adaptability. The large scale of 2G market benefited affordable devices. This will be the same, now when 3G deployed in larger scale, it creates a mass market and economy of scale. While 4G brings even higher speed, 3G will remain as attractive choice for consumers," Ericsson President and CEO Hans Vestberg said during the Mobile World Congress here.
He said India will have both variants of 4G technology -- LTE-TDD and FDD-LTE.
"Both LTE-TDD and FDD are only variants. As inother countries, India will also have both LTE TDD and FDD," Vestberg said.
Indian operators have launched 4G services using the LTE-TDD, while in other parts of the world FDD-LTE is the predominant technology for 4G services.
Recently, the Telecom Commission has approved provisions that will enable companies holding 4G spectrum to provide phone call service by paying additional fee of Rs 1,658 crore each.