Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and Qualcomm Inc are offering trials of the next generation broadband service, LTE-TDD Technology. The technology offers download speeds of up to 7-10 Mbps. The former conducted the trial at its corporate mark in Navi Mumbai, while the latter did the same in Gurgaon. This trial was conducted in BWA spectrum by both the companies in collaboration with telecom major Ericsson and signals the commercial launch of the technology in the country next year.
Qualcomm did the demo through one of its subsidiaries in India, which won BWA auction held earlier this year. During the demo, there was a streaming of multiple HD video feeds to a mobile van thereby showing a seamless broadcast. It was accomplished using Qualcomm’s USB dongles that support LTE and 3G.
According to Mr. Kanwalinder Singh, President, Qualcomm India and South India, “LTE-TDD, with its attributes of mobility and 3G interoperability, is the technology most suited for deployment in India. The demonstration today is a significant step towards commercial availability of infrastructure and chipsets that will support both 3G and LTE-TDD in 2011.”
RIL, which has pan-India coverage for broadband services in the 2.3 Ghz frequency band reported that it reaches a download speed of 80 Mbps and an upload speed of 20 Mbps during the trial for the set configuration. Like Qualcomm, RIL also demonstrated live TV streaming coupled with a handover between base stations.
Elated with this achievement, a spokesperson for RIL opined, “This LTE trial not only demonstrated the superiority of LTE-TDD technology but also strengthened our confidence in the timely availability of LTE eco-system in India with Ericsson’s global deployment expertise.” He further added, “This is an important milestone for Indian telecom industry in showcasing LTE performance on a live network. We look forward to leveraging on the pilot to set up a commercial network that will build on a globally standardized eco-system and technology that offers immense potential for a wide spectrum of end-user offerings”.
Qualcomm, regarded as the pioneer of CDMA technology has always been taking part in India’s BWA spectrum auctions and is eyeing to team up with 3G operators to create the 3G and LTE ecosystem that will help in the commercial deployment of LTE TDD in the BWA spectrum itself. Once this is successful, the company would take an exit from LTE venture in India.
The shift in focus from WiMAX to LTE by RIL has certainly put a doubt on the fate of the former technology in the country. This is quite contradictory to the assumption of WiMAX supporters that the former is a rival to the latter. With this successful trial, RIL is expected to deploy LTE instead of WiMAX.
With this milestone, there would certainly be a paradigm shift in the broadband scene of India. If you remember, BSNL has also rolled out FTTH technology for high speed internet broadband recently. We can also be sure of a true internet freedom soon. What do you think?